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Ideas and resources for self-liberation, 
monkey wrenching and preparedness 

by Vin Suprynowicz 

About once a year, a book crosses my desk that gets me up on my feet, 
cornering my long-suffering cohorts so I can read them passages aloud. 

It happened a year ago with John Ross' novel of the gun culture, 
"Unintended Consequences" (Accurate Press, St. Louis.) Previous to that 
was Peter Duesberg's "Inventing the AIDS Virus" (Regnery) and L. Neil 
Smith's inspiring novel of handguns in outer space, "Pallas" (Tor.) 

This year, Christmas came just a few days late when I opened my 
mail on Jan. 3 to discover an unobtrusive little 191-page trade paperback 
by Claire Wolfe. 

Of late, I can pretty well predict my e-mail will contain several 
messages a week from earnest souls who plead: "Have just discovered 
your columns. Always thought of myself as a conservative or 
Republican, but find I agree with almost everything you say. The 
government is out of control and our remaining freedoms are being sold 
down the river. But no matter how many politicians promise to roll back 
taxes and repeal bad laws, we just get more of the same. Help! What can 
I do?" 

In the past, I've responded by talking about the importance of 
becoming a fully-informed juror, the importance of acquiring and 
learning the safe use of militia-style arms and standing up for those 
persecuted for insisting that only an armed people can ever be free. And 
I've talked of the insidiousness of the mandatory government youth 
propaganda camps. 

Imagine my relief at now being able to say: "There happens to be a 
new book that answers this very question, available for just $20.90 
postpaid from Loompanics Unlimited in Port Townsend, Washington. 
Twenty percent discount for five to nine copies, 40 percent off for 10 to 
49, dial 1-800-380-2230." 

In her introduction to "101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution," Claire 
Wolfe writes: "America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work 
within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. On the road to 
tyranny, we've gone so far that polite political action is about as useless 
as a miniskirt in a convent. 

"Something's eventually going to happen. ...Maybe it'll be one more 
round of 'reasonable gun control' or one more episode of burning 
children to death to save them from 'child abuse.' Whatever. Something 
will snap. 

Until then, what do you do?" 

Ms. Wolfe's "101" answers are useful and on point. 

From shifting your meager assets to where that junkie with the 
million-dollar-a-minute habit, Uncle Sam, can't lay hands on them, to 
the proper way to bury your guns should blanket confiscation loom (as 

101 Things to Do 
'til the Revolution 

Ideas and resources for self-liberation, 
monkey wrenching and preparedness 

by Claire Wolfe 

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Port Townsend, Washington 

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Original copyright 1996 © by Claire Wolfe 

101 Things to Do 'til the Revolution 

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© Revised and updated 1999 by Claire Wolfe 

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Foreword ' 

Chapter One and Only 1 

1 . Don't write to your congresscritter 1 

2. Govern yourself 3 

3. Love the ones you're with 3 

4. Don't vote; it only encourages them 4 

5. Do write letters to newspapers and magazines 5 

6. Write poetry 6 

7. Question authority 7 

8. Kill your TV 8 

9. Get rid of your dependencies 9 

10. Be ready to profit from others' dependencies 10 

11. Just say NO 11 

12. Know the difference between mala in se 

and mala prohibita 12 

13. Use pre-paid phone cards for privacy 13 

14. Join a gun-rights group 13 

15. Be a Simon Jester 15 

16. Don't be a terrorist 18 

17. Oppose property seizure with all your might 19 

18. Celebrate the Fourth of July 26 

19. Celebrate April 19 26 

20. Cultivate some Mormon friends 28 

21. Don't give your Social Security number 29 

22. Visualize Vermont carry 35 

23. Don't talk to strangers 37 

24. Don't talk to people you know, either 38 

25. DO write to your congresscritter 39 

26. Visualize no government 40 

27. Fly the Gadsden flag 41 

28. Dare to keep DARE out of your local schools 42 

29. Identify the informant in your midst 44 

30. Remember Mother Batherick 45 

31. Take your kids out of government school 47 

32. Keep your sense of humor 51 

33. Assume all telephones are tapped 53 

34. Don't debate 55 

35. Cover your assets 56 

36. Expect to lose everything, anyway 61 

37. Respect individuals, not groups 64 

38. Fun and freedom on the Internet 66 

39. Don't say anything you don't want 

the world to remember 72 

40. Throw key words into your e-mail 73 

41. Use PGP intelligently 74 

42. Challenge all assumptions 76 

43. Move to a small town 76 

44. Read: fiction 78 

45. Read: history 80 

46. Read: Founding Fathers & philosophers 

of freedom 82 

47. Read: monkey wrenching & getting 

around the system 84 

48. Read: self-reliance 87 

49. Read: strategic thinking and fighting 90 

50. Read: political periodicals 94 

51. You can't kill the beast while 

sucking at its teat 97 

52. On the other hand 99 

53. Bust anti-freedom organizations by 

driving them broke 100 

54. Another charming use for 1-800 numbers 102 

55. Respect the individual, not the office 104 

56. Don't blame anybody else for your troubles 105 

57. Stand up for people who stand up 

for their rights 105 

58. Don't cooperate with the friendly census taker 106 

59. Know where your line in the sand is drawn 107 

60. Buy and carry the Citizens' Rule Book 108 

61. Join FIJA 1 10 

62. Keep a record of your dreams 1 1 1 

63. Consider sovereign citizenship 1 12 

64. Get your records to safety 1 14 

65. Watch your local government 1 15 

66. Don't let your possessions imprison you 1 16 

67. Cultivate cheap tastes 1 17 

68. Close your bank accounts 1 19 

69. Create a fake plot or organization 121 

70. Create a real organization 123 

71. Join the tax protesters on April 15 125 

72. Learn Dumpster diving 127 

73. Get healthy! 127 

74. Learn to disappear in a crowd 127 

75. Find a balance point in dealing with people 129 

76. Follow your bliss 130 

77. Your three-day grab & go kit 132 

78. Building your emergency water supply 133 

79. Building your emergency food supply 135 

80. Building your medical kit 139 

81. Your survival weapons supply 140 

82. Start thinking about tools & equipment 145 

83. Some places to find all of the above 146 

84. Building your skills 149 

85. Prepare your children, pets and aging relatives 150 

86. Avoid "bear bait" cars and 

other attention-getting vehicles 155 

87. Find a non-government occupation 157 

88. Never beg for your rights 160 

89. Make "them" fill out your paperwork 161 

90. If you must vote (part I) 163 

91. Get to know your neighbors 164 

92. Network — but wisely and discreetly 164 

93. Intimidate back 166 

94. Know when — and whether — you could kill 167 

95. If you must vote (part II) 168 

96. Learn your privacy rights and protect them 169 

97. Bury gold, guns and goodies 174 

98. Maybe you're already a "terrorist." 180 

99. Put a warning sign on your property 181 

100. If you can risk it, don't pay income taxes 183 

101. Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes 188 


This book is based on the premise that, when governments 
turn bad, the best people ultimately become criminals. The 
people don't change; the laws do. Initiative, dissent, 
individual pleasures, and exercise of one's basic rights 
become "crimes." Obscure regulations and technical paper- 
work violations are used to destroy people who dare to speak 
their minds. 

The ideal citizen of a tyrannical state is the man or woman 
who bows in silent obedience in exchange for the status of a 
well-cared-for herd animal. Thinking people become the 
tyrant's greatest enemies. 

Before their thunder roars, there is a period of anticipation, 
in which more occurs than the literal-minded tyrant can ever 
understand. A few overt acts of sedition shatter the heavy 
peace. But the greater force, unrecognized, rolls forward in 
near silence, as millions of individuals quietly withdraw their 
consent from the state. The pundits call it apathy. They could 
not be more wrong. 

That time is now and we are those people. 

This book is dedicated to you, the Enemy of the State. 

Acknowledgments : 

Many thanks to Kevin Burt, who added great ideas and 
humor to this project. Thanks to Charles Curley, who read 
the manuscript, contributed his "Bureaucracy Encounter 
Form", and above all put up with me through my writer's 
deadline frenzy. Thanks also to attorney William Curley for 
the use of his business card, to Marshall Fritz for quotes 
about the government education system, to Delbert Gilbow 
for his discussion of mala prohibita and to the many 
organizations and authors I've cited in this book. 



America is at that awkward stage. 

It's too late to work within the system, but too early to 
shoot the bastards. 

On the road to tyranny, we've gone so far that polite 
political action is about as useless as a miniskirt in a convent. 
But most people are still standing around numb and confused, 
knowing something's wrong with the country, but hoping it 
isn't quite as bad as they're beginning to suspect it is. Only a 
few folks with really cranky tempers or unusual foresight are 
ready to throw off their chains. 

Something's eventually going to happen. Government will 
bloat until it chokes us to death, or one more tyrannical 
power grab will turn out to be one too many. Maybe it'll be a 
national ID card (or datachip), maybe random, roving 
wiretaps on our telephones. Maybe it'll be one more round of 
"reasonable gun control" or one more episode of burning 
children to death to save them from "child abuse." Whatever. 
Something will snap. The time will come, and we'll all know 
it. People will force change — maybe from the barrel of a 

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The "revolution" of the book title may never be a shooting 
war. I hope to hell it isn't. But it will be a time of explosive 
change, of chaos, of entrenched power fighting for its life 
against the forces of freedom, or of power collapsing and 
leaving a vacuum. It will happen. 

Until then, what do you do? 

What do you do if you care about freedom? What do you 
do if you don't want to be an apathetic toad, a mad bomber, 
or a Good Little Citizen begging an unhearing congresscritter 
to give back the rights he and his buddies swiped from you? 
("Dear Congressman Bacon: You're such a busy and 
important person, I'm sure this little matter has just slipped 
your mind temporarily. But 90 percent of the federal govern- 
ment is unconstitutional. Since I know how much you value 
your oath to defend the Constitution, I'm sure you'll want to 
abolish all the unauthorized agencies and programs right 
away. Please don't forget to repeal all the illegal laws and get 
rid of taxes while you're at it. Thank you in advance for 
taking care of this matter. Yours truly, Goodie Twoshoes.") 

For government consists in nothing else but so con- 
trolling subjects that they shall neither be able to, nor 
have cause to do [it] harm... 
— Niccolo Machiavelli 

Well, here are 101 things you could try. 

The ideas in this book mostly fall into three categories: 

• Self-liberation — things that are a good idea no matter 
what the government does or doesn't do; 

• Monkey-wrenching — little irritants to help wake people 
up and bring the system down(bit by bit); 


• Preparation — things that could help you survive the 
worst of the mess, once the government's fecal matter 
does finally hit the rotary airfoil. 

Some are high-profile. Some are low-profile. Some are for 
people who find creativity and challenge in confrontation. 
More are for those of us who'd just as soon avoid fuss. 
Because different things work for different people, some of 
these items are even contradictory. That's one of the beauties 
of a free society. 

Wherever needed, I've added a little bit of how-to 
information or a phone number, address or reference book so 
you can learn more on your own. 

So pick and choose among all the items here, or let them 
inspire you to come up with your own. 

Obligatory legal notice 

One final warning. There are a few ideas in this book that 
would probably be illegal if you actually carried them out. A 
couple more might be illegal in one state but OK in another. 
There are even some that, while perfectly, absolutely legal, 
might still get you arrested by some cop who's learned that 
intimidation is the only "law" that's necessary when dealing 
with sheep. Merely standing up for your rights these days can 
be a dangerous thing. 

I can't — and wouldn't — advise you to do anything il- 
legal. Of course, these days, there are 1 1 million pages of fed- 
eral laws and regulations (which would take you your entire 
lifetime to read). There are 200 pages of new laws and regs 
every day. There are God knows how many state and local 
laws, and there are 250 million scared, cowed citizens, who 
have no idea what's legal or illegal anymore — leaving them 
prepared to follow any order issued by someone with a badge 
or a federal ID card. If I advised you to fill a mud puddle in 

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your driveway, chances are I'd be inciting you to violate the 
federal wetlands act. If I suggested you kill a cockroach, 
we'd probably both be conspiring to violate the Cockroach 
Protection Act of 1973. On the other hand, if you didn't kill 
that cockroach, you'd probably be violating the Urban 
Sanitation Act of 1967. ' 

We're reaching the Orwellian point at which "that which is 
not forbidden is compulsory." 

But the most illegal thing of all is the U.S. federal 
government, which, in every day, in every way, violates the 
highest law of the land, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. 
So what the hell? The worst thing you could do doesn't even 
begin to compare to that. 

In order to keep from getting arrested or sued, however, 
the publisher and I have to tell you that any ideas about illegal 
or potentially illegal ideas are For Educational Purposes 
Only, and that we aren't recommending that you follow any 
of them. 

Well, that's true. I'm not advising or recommending that 
you do anything. Advice is your mother's job. Let your own 
mind, heart and conscience be your guide to life. The only 
thing I hope is that you live in freedom, as you see fit, with as 
little interference as possible from government busybodies 
and bullies. If any of the suggestions in this book help you do 
that, good, but your life belongs to you. Live it well. Live it 
bravely. Live it smart. 

Oh, okay, just one teeny bit of advice: please don't shoot 
the bastards. You know how touchy governments can be 
about such things, and what nasty forms their tantrums take. 
So please, please, please, no violence — yet. 

1 Both these acts are figments of my imagination, of course. However, 
thousands of other acts are figments of Congress's imagination. Scary, 
isn't it? 


It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a 
people that wants to remain servile as it is to enslave a 
people that wants to remain free. 
— Niccolo Machiavelli 

Note: This book is written from a libertarian/free-market 
perspective. It presumes a commitment to: gun rights, drug 
legalization, free minds, free markets, the elimination of taxes, 
the abolition of federal police agencies, and the least possible 
amount of government — maybe no government at all. If you 
fall elsewhere in the philosophical spectrum, you probably 
won't like some of the ideas here (though I hope you'll keep 
an open mind). In any case, feel free to adapt the techniques 
to your own positions. Have fun. 

Chapter One and Only 

Chapter One and Only 

1. Don't write to your congresscritter 

Put down that pen! Close that word processing program! 
Forget all that happy crap you learned in civics class about 
sharing your views with your "representative." You don't 
have a representative any more. You merely have someone 
who thinks he or she is your "leader," unfettered by either 
your opinions or the Constitution. 

Your congresscritter assumes the role of the overseer in the 
field. You are merely the "n-word" toiling under super-vision. 
The benevolent massa wants sincerely to "help" you, as long 
as you toil and obey. 

Marx was wrong: religion isn't the opiate of the masses; in 
modern America, the drug that keeps us numb, dumb and 
well-behaved is a belief that we can still make a difference by 
politely voicing our views to our would-be rulers and owners. 

The fact is, every minute you spend writing to your con- 
gressperson is a minute you don't spend on useful freedom 
activity. Every minute you spend writing to your congress- 
person is a minute you fool yourself into believing you're 
accomplishing something when you're not. 

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What happens to your letter 

Here's what happens when you write your congresscritter. 
Your letter is carried into his or her office in a big plastic 
crate along with thousands of other letters. An aide scans it to 
see what it's about and sticks a form letter in the mail to you. 
Then the aide enters your name in the computer, with a 
notation that you wrote to say, "Vote yes on X" or "Vote no 
on Y." 

If you're lucky, they might actually get the topic right. If 
you're really lucky, they'll record you as being on the side of 
the issue you're actually on. They're just as likely to record 
you as being one of your own political enemies, though. 
Doesn't that make you feel special? 

Even if you get what appears to be a "customized" reply, it 
was written by an aide and probably signed by a machine. The 
congressperson never saw either your letter or his or her own 

If you send an e-mail, an automated system scans your 
message and zaps back a reply, without your message having 
been seen by human eyes. 

The whole process is designed to say, 'There, there now, 
little citizen, your congressperson cares" — when, in fact, 
nobody cares. 

If you're rich, famous, powerful or influential (or if they 
think you're a dangerous loony, but that's not an impression 
you want to make), you have a chance of being heard by 
someone in Congress. Otherwise, the only time you have the 
slightest chance of influencing a congressperson' s views is 
when your letter — or fax or phone call — is one of several 
thousand expressing the same opinion. Then it's only going to 
help if: 1) the congressperson is already on your side of the 
issue and wants to wave a basketful of supporting letters 
during a floor debate; or, 2) the congressperson' s seat is 

Chapter One and Only 

insecure and he or she has to do what the people want for a 
change, or else. 

The only method that might do a bit of good 

If you just can't live without writing to your congress- 
person, keep a stack of pre-addressed postcards handy, and 
when you're so roused up about something you simply have 
to do it, write, "Vote no on HB2000, the Counterterrorism 
Act sponsored by Rep. Bigbro," or "Vote yes on SB504, the 
Privacy Amendment sponsored by Sen. Rarebird." 

Bright-colored postcards get more notice, just as shiny 
objects best attract the attention of mindless rats. 

Keep it that simple. Don't waste your time on reasoned 
argument or constitutional issues. Use those arguments 
elsewhere, with people who might actually listen. 

In order to become the master, the politician poses as 
the servant. 

— Charles de Gaulle 

2. Govern yourself 

Have you ever daydreamed, "If I were king...?" Well, you 
are. You are the only legitimate ruler of the Nation of You. 
Do the job well — and have fun. 

3. Love the ones you're with 

Are you in a miserable relationship? Do you and your 
significant other rub each other raw? Do you fight about the 
same things all the time without resolving anything? Or do 
you just quietly endure each other's presence without truly 
communicating or caring? 

Then get the hell out! 

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Freedom begins at home. You can't have an honest hope of 
freeing the country if you can't free yourself first. Besides 
that, when the bad time comes — as it inevitably will — 
you'll either need to be completely independent or have 
supportive people around you. 

The same thing is true of all your relationships. If your 
parents control you by guilt, criticism or handouts-with- 
strings-attached, detach yourself. If you hate your boss and 
can't resolve the problem, figure out what job you can 
realistically do better — and go. 

You've got to support your children. That's an obligation 
you hung around your own neck when you brought them into 
the world. But beyond that, nobody has a claim on you 
except those claims you assent to — and you can withdraw 
your assent any time you want to. 

"For your own good" is a persuasive argument that 
will eventually make a man agree to his own 

— Janet Frame, writer 

4. Don't vote; it only encourages them 

If voting could change the system, it would be illegal. 
That's old, but wise, advice from an anarchist. 

In some of the world's worst dictatorships, voting is 
compulsory. Think about the implications of that. 

Philosophy of government: From each according to his 
ability; to each according to his irresponsibility. 

— Claire Wolfe (With no apologies to Marx) 

Chapter One and Only 

5. Do write letters to newspapers and magazines. 

While congresspeople don't listen, real people still do. As 
more and more people begin to realize something is 
dreadfully wrong, more will be willing to consider different 
ideas. Take all those reasoned arguments you used to use on 
your congresscritter and send them into the world via 
newspapers, magazines, guest editorial columns, posters, 
speeches — or by whatever means works best for you. 

If you're fortunate enough to live in a small city or rural 
area where the local paper prints every letter it receives, write 
sparingly. Otherwise readers who disagree will begin to tune 
you out: "Oh, it's just Pat Jones again." 

And here's a "monkey-wrench" variation on this honorable 

Persuade the village idiot to write really gross letters to the 
editor supporting your opponents' positions. You could also 
fake such letters yourself. Cite obviously bogus "facts." Over- 
state or deliberately misstate the positions of the organiza- 
tion you claim to be supporting. You could make these letters 
ironic and humorous, but you'll have more luck getting them 
printed and have more chance of making your opponents look 
bad if you make them look serious. For instance: 

"Dear Editor: I agree with the National Education 
Association. At its annual convention in Chicago last 
month, the NEA passed a resolution that parents who 
home school their children or use private schools 
should pay a 15 percent federal income tax surcharge. 
As one NEA member commented, 'Since these people 
are responsible for the collapsing school infrastructure, 
it's only fair that they should pay for the privilege of 
abandoning the public school system.' I think the 
NEA's proposed surcharge is a good start, but more 
needs to be done. The next step should be to outlaw all 

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home and private schooling. After all, if the govern- 
ment doesn't control what children learn, we could end 
up with a country where people learn things they 
shouldn't know and believe anything they want." 

"Dear Editor: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America 
is right. Everybody who uses marijuana should be 
thrown in jail for the rest of their lives! Anybody who 
has more than an ounce of it should be executed! 
Nothing else has worked, so it's time to get really 
tough in the War on Drugs. It's time to show those 
sick, evil, perverted marijuana addicts the government 
means business." 

"Dear Editor: I absolutely agree with Handgun Control, 
Inc. The government should take all guns away from 
everybody. Start with gang members, but next, take the 
guns away from all those hunters. All they do is kill 
pretty animals. It's also a well-documented fact that 85 
percent of all hunters are wife-beaters; at least 575,000 
hunters shoot their wives to death every year. We don't 
need people like that in America." 

6. Write poetry 

Poetry? Write poetry?!! Sure. It's good for the soul. 
Besides that, since no one takes it seriously, it's a good place 
to express all your most subversive thoughts. You're less 
likely to attract trouble than if you go around writing 
manifestos, yet you're a lot more likely to get quoted and 

Okay, if poetry is too effete for you, add music and call it a 

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7. Question authority 

Never presume anyone is right — or has more rights than 
you do — just because he or she is standing in front of a 
classroom, wearing a uniform, talking legalese, shouting from 
a pulpit, appearing in the media or carrying a government ID 

Ask questions. Demand answers. Make 'em show you their 
facts. If some newspaper prints a poll that "proves" some- 
thing the media would just love to be true, don't believe it 
unless you've seen the raw data for yourself and verified that 
the polling methodology is legitimate. If someone claims to 
be an expert, find out how expert they really are. If a bureau- 
crat or official claims to have a right to do something (or 
make you do something), politely ask which law authorizes it 
— then check for yourself. 

Be polite at first. But never settle for anything less than a 
straight, provable answer. 

Our educations and social training have usually taught us to 
accept authoritative statements at face value. We learned 
knee-jerk belief at out mother's knee and our first-grade 
desk. We also learned we'd get in big-time trouble by doing 
otherwise. So unless we have specific reason to doubt, we 
tend to believe. We must reverse that! 

If you haven't seen it, smelled it, touched it, tasted it, 
experienced it, proved it for yourself, assume it ain't so. (That 
goes for everything you read here, too, of course.) 

Yes, this can be a hassle, and as often as not, you'll be 
treated like a jerk for questioning authority. So be polite but 
firm. Or, if you don't want to go through the hassle of 
confrontation or the time and trouble of checking data, just 
make sure to keep the questions in your heart. 

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Once you stop fearing government, the government 
fears you. 

— Robert D. Graham, tax rebel 

8. Kill your TV 

Go ahead. Take your television out to the shooting range 
or the nearest plinking site and have yourself a ball blasting its 
big old Cyclops eye and blowing out its little silicon brains. 

What, you say you like TV? You can use it in moderation? 
You're careful to distinguish between good entertainment and 
blatant propaganda and other trash? 

Not likely. When we're watching TV, our brain waves are 
nearly identical to what they are when we're hypnotized. 
Think about it — the way a TV set draws your eyes even 
when you're not particularly interested in what's on the set... 
the way your eyes seem to glaze over and feel as if they're 
rolling back in your head as soon as they focus on the screen. 
That's hypnosis, people. 

That means information, impressions and assumptions get 
fed directly into your unconscious without your conscious 
mind being fully able to edit and sort them. The effect is the 
same whether you're watching Masterpiece Theatre or 
Married, with Children. No matter how aware you are in 
general, and no matter how alert you believe yourself to be 
while watching TV, no matter how critical you think you are 
of the material you're watching, at some level, someone else 
is controlling your mind. Is that how you want to live? 

While TV contains many poisonous messages, those 
specific messages aren't the worst problem. Marshall 
McLuhan was right. With TV, the medium is the message 
...and its message is that you are nothing but a passive blob, 
fit only for sucking up what someone else wants you to see, 
hear, believe and know. 

Chapter One and Only 

I often hear politically aware people saying they need to 
watch TV to keep an eye on what the mainstream media are 
saying and doing. Not true. You can get more accurate news 
from non-mainstream sources, and you can get a full shot of 
mainstream information from the Sunday paper — a medium 
which leaves you in control of your faculties even when its 
content is as bullshit-filled as that of the TV. 

I'm tempted to call TV a drug. But the vast majority of 
drug users can control their drug use. Millions of people use 
drugs without screwing up their brains and drugs don't come 
with pre-programmed messages; you take 'em, then you 
choose, through your own actions and inclinations, what 
messages to let in. TV's effects are more insidious than any 
drug ever known to mankind. 

An independent mind is critical to living free. So drop that 
electronic seducer off a cliff. Try that new box of cartridges 
out on it. Run over it with your lawn tractor. Bury it in your 
backyard. Free yourself from mind control and time control. 

Then use all that newly free time and consciousness to 

P.S. If you absolutely can't tear yourself away from that 
cathode ray tube, watch some good videos. Braveheart is a 
terrific one for starters. 

9. Get rid of your dependencies 

Picture this. Your favorite vice is taken away from you. 
Bang! It's gone! No more booze, cigarettes, cola or 
whatever. Now what do you do? 

There's nothing wrong with drugs, cigarettes or anything 
else you like to do and can do without harming others, but 
there's everything wrong with being dependent. 

You could lose access to your favorite vices in an 
economic collapse, a natural disaster, a guerrilla war, or if 

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you end up in jail. If you're a slave to your habits you can 
easily become a slave to anyone who can control your habits 
— anyone who dangles the desired thing in front of you and 
tells you you can have it if you just cooperate. Even if you 
don't end up in that dire circumstance, you could still spend a 
lot of time in pain and struggle over the loss of something 
that really should never have been so important. 

Free yourself. Now. Don't get caught unawares. Enjoy the 
things you enjoy — fine! But be absolutely certain that you're 
in charge of them, not vice versa. 

Don't forget — media blather to the contrary, chemicals 
and unhealthy habits aren't the only thing people let 
themselves become dependent on. You could be just as 
"hooked" on books, computer games, model ship building, 
work — or a whole bunch of other things — as some people 
are on alcohol or heroin. Examine your heart. If you find any 
"can't live withouts" there (other than the basic human needs 
for food, water, warmth, etc.), start practicing doing without 
them right away. 

Freeing yourself from petty dependencies can also be good 
training for freeing yourself from big dependencies — like 
dependence on government. 

10. Be ready to profit from others' dependencies 

In event of an economic collapse, nationwide trucker's 
strike, revolution, or other emergency, there are going to be a 
lot of people, less smart than you, who haven't rid themselves 
of their private slaveries. 

At that moment, he or she who holds a tidy store of pint- 
sized booze bottles, cigarettes, chocolate bars and other 
goodies could do well. It's cynical. I personally wouldn't do 
it, but I also don't think dependent people deserve much 

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sympathy; they'll simply be living with the consequences of 
their own choices. 

(Please don't use this kind of secret stash as a substitute for 
cleaning up your own act. There's no guarantee your stash of 
goodies will remain secure, and you simply don't ever want 
to risk getting caught weak and whimpering.) 

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead 

— Mignon McLaughlin, writer 

11. Just say NO 

Here's some advice found on the back of the business card 
of attorney William Curley of Gillette, Wyoming: 
If the police officer says... 

"Please open the trunk." 

"May I come in the house?" 

"I'd like you to do some tests." 

"Do you understand your rights?" 

"Would you like to give a statement?" 
Then politely, on the advice of counsel.... 
Just say NO. 

(This business card copy is © William Curley, Gillette, 
Wyoming, and is used with permission. All rights reserved.) 

The difference between a democracy and a dictator- 
ship is that in a democracy you vote first and take 
orders later; in a dictatorship you don 't have to waste 
your time voting. 

— Charles Bukowski 

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12. Know the difference between mala in se and 
mala prohibita. 

Mala in se translates to "bad in and of itself." Murder, 
rape, robbery, child molestation and similar acts that harm 
others are mala in se. These are the things that nearly all 
people at all times, have considered wrong. 

Mala prohibita translates to "bad because it's forbidden." 
Smoking marijuana, not getting a building permit, having 
consensual sex with an unapproved partner, and filling in the 
wrong ditch on your property are mala prohibita. They're 
only "wrong" because some piece of paper says they are, or 
because some scary people may hurt you if you do them. 

What makes the government any more capable of deciding 
right and wrong than you are? Nothing, that's what. Well, 
nothing except raw power — which has never been a useful 
guide to ethics or morality. 

Knowing the difference between mala in se and mala 
prohibita can help guide your behavior toward your fellow 
humans when there's no outside authority left to guide you, 
or when "authority" has become so corrupt and laws have 
become so numerous and nebulous that there are no longer 
any sensible legal principles worth obeying. (We're about 
there now.) At that point, only acts that are mala in se should 
be off limits. 

When things really get bad, you may have to judge for 
yourself whether blowing up an IRS office or shooting a 
fedgoon is mala in se or mala prohibita. Harming those who 
harm others, committing violence against those who do 
violence can be good in itself, when done at the right 
moment, in the right way. You really have to be sure: Half- 
cocked action on a half-baked idea isn't good enough. 

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No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and 
no courts are bound to enforce it. 

-16 Am. Jur., Sec. 177 late 2d, Sec. 256 

13. Use pre-paid phone cards for privacy 

When you use one of those pre-paid phone cards, available 
at shopping malls, discount stores and convenience stores, no 
record of the call goes on your phone bill, even if you place 
the call from your living room. A police agency or freelance 
snoop who gets hold of your bill won't learn anything. 

A notation of your call does go on the records of the card 
vendor. So don't think of this as a completely fail-safe 
method, but it can protect your privacy against casual 
snooping or police fishing expeditions. 

If you bought the card using cash or a money order, there's 
also no paper trail linking the card to you. So a call 1) using a 
cash-purchased card and 2) placed from a phone booth could 
never be traced to you, even by the most diligent search 
methods — as long as you destroy the card before you're 

The state calls its own violence law, but that of the 
individual, crime. 
— Max Stirner 

14. Join a gun-rights group 

In my humble opinion, the two things free people must 
preserve at all costs are privacy and gun rights. Because even 
if we lose everything else, we can use these to win our other 
lost rights back. On the other hand, if we are disarmed and if 
the government can track every move we make, every 
purchase we make, every trip we take, they've got us. 

So fight, fight, fight for these rights. Here are three of the 
best groups who can help you keep your gun rights. 

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Web site: 

A grassroots membership organization and an online 
liberty-advocacy community, offers 
ammunition for no-compromise activism, Second 
Amendment-related news and information, a place to meet 
freedom lovers, and an all-around online source for gun 
owners. The organization is imbued with the spirit of its 
founder and director, the indomitable Angel Shamaya. 

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc. 

PO Box 270143 

Hartford, Wisconsin 53027 

(262) 673-9745 

Web site: 

JPFO is a civil rights group. They take the position that gun 
control is a precursor to genocide, and that our own Gun 
Control Act of 1968 was translated (in some places word-for- 
word) from a Nazi law Senator Thomas Dodd brought back 
from Nuremberg after World War II. They, too, take a NO 
COMPROMISE position. They are a tax-deductible educa- 
tion group; no lobbying. You don't have to be Jewish to join 
or support JPFO. 

Gun Owners of America 

8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 

Springfield, Virginia 22151 

(703) 321-8585 


Web site: 

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GOA lobbies congress (and gets listened to more than you 
as an individual can). They also help defend people whose 
rights have been abused by federal or local law enforcement 
agencies. They, too, are a NO COMPROMISE gun group, 
watching out for every sneaky piece of wording in a bill, 
every quiet little committee vote a congresscritter makes. 

Forget the NRA. They're the biggest and oldest and 
they've certainly done some good over the years, but they are 
absolutely committed to compromise — even when they 
could win instead. They have repeatedly been caught making 
secret, devious compromises with anti-gunners and sabotag- 
ng the efforts of more rights-oriented lobbyists. They talk 
very, very tough, but they'll sell you down the river while 
bragging about all the good they're doing you. Put your 
money and your hopes elsewhere. 

So we drove down the road, and I was lookin' for a 
house that looked like if there was somebody at home 
that it'd be somebody that didn't carry a gun or didn't 
have no weapons in the house, so they couldn't use 
-An Arkansas 17-year old, pleading guilty to multiple 
counts of burglary, theft, aggravated robbery and rape 

15. Be a Simon Jester 

Simon Jester never existed. He was merely a character in 
Robert Heinlein's delightful science fiction novel, The Moon 
is a Harsh Mistress. In fact, Simon didn't even "exist" in the 
novel; he was a fiction invented by other fictional characters 
to irritate the government and spur rebellion. 

"Simon" popped up now and then to plant anti-government 
poems, cartoons and sayings on the scene, then fade 
mysteriously away. 

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Don't you think there could be a little "Simon Jester" in us 
all? Wouldn't it be a delight if, all across the land, evidence of 
Simon's presence appeared to remind would-be rulers they 
are neither sacred nor safe — and to let our fellow freedom 
lovers know they are not alone? 

Here's how 

Have some stickers printed up with thought-provoking 
sayings. (It's easy if you have a computer; just buy some 
Avery labels at the stationery store and print the stickers on 
your printer.) All you need to do is make sure your printer 
will handle the sticky labels. If it won't, print yours at the 
local Kinko's or equivalent. 

Carry a sheet of them and slap them everywhere you go: 
phone booths, rest room stalls, newspaper vending machines, 
park benches, post office or school bulletin boards, store 
windows — wherever they'll be noticed. 

Short, sharp and/or funny sayings are best. Try these: 

Taxes: the politicians' way of saying, "Pluck you!" 

America was neither founded, nor freed, by the well-behaved. 

Our forefathers should have fought for representation without 

God created men and women: Samuel Colt made them equal. 

Isn't it about time we found Congress in contempt of The 

I don't trust a government I can't shoot back at. 

When only cops have guns, it's called a police state. 

BATF: Bad Attitude Toward Freedom. 

If laws worked, there would be no crime. 

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Work harder: millions on welfare are depending on you. 

Support the Chinese Underground: buy an SKS and bury it. 

My country, yes. My government, no. 

Writing to Washington won't help; he's dead! 

Four boxes keep us free: ballot, jury, soap and cartridge. 

Orwell is starting to look like an optimist! 

Freedom-fighting women don't have hot flashes; we have 
power surges. 

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. - 
A. Lincoln 

Horiuchi: "Drop that baby or I'll shoot!" 

If we all ignore the government, it'll go away. 

I am not a number. I am a free man. — The Prisoner 

Where is John Gait now that we need him? 

FBI: Freedom Bashers, Inc. 

A little revolution... is a good thing. — Thomas Jefferson 

Defend America against the government. 

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. — Thomas 

Armed women = polite men. 

If the government were in charge of sex, we'd be extinct. 

Washington is a joke. Have you laughed lately? 

Never trust anyone with a loaded government. 

The government is not your daddy. 

The government is not your mommy. 

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Keep your laws off my body. 

Freedom is the ability to say, "I won't!" 

I'm from the government. I'm here to help you. BLAM!!! 

Big Brother is here — and he's retarded! 

Buy a gun. You'll need it. 

Yesterday it was David Koresh. Tomorrow it could be you. 

Fear of government is the second step to wisdom. 

Support your local heretic. 

To permit is to control. 

Don't drink to excess. You might shoot at tax collectors and 
miss. — Robert A. Heinlein 

Government: get out of my bed and my pocketbook. 

/ resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, indexed, briefed, 
debriefed or numbered. My life is my own. 
— The Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan) 

16. Don't be a terrorist 

Terrorism is properly defined as organized, systematic 
violence carried out against non- government targets for the 
purpose of producing fear and submission. Despite all the 
blather in the media and on the floor of Congress, an act has 
to have all those elements to be true terrorism. 

Therefore, people who attack only government employees 
and property aren't terrorists. They're guerrilla fighters. 
Whether they are fighting in a good cause or not is up to 
history — and each of us individuals — to judge. But 
terrorists they ain't. 

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When even one American — who has done nothing 
wrong — is forced by fear to shut his mind and close 
his mouth, then all Americans are in peril. 
— Harry Truman 

17. Oppose property seizure with all your might 

I said earlier I thought gun rights and privacy were the two 
things we needed to fight hardest to preserve. But there's one 
other battle — one we're presently losing big time — that 
could be the make-or-break issue between tyranny and 
freedom in America. It's civil forfeiture. 

First, some background: 

In the early days of the War on the Bill of Rights., I 
mean, the War on Drugs... Congress passed a law allowing 
cops to confiscate the assets of suspected drug dealers 
without criminal charges or criminal trials. The rationale 
given to the public was that cops needed to seize their fancy 
boats, cars, planes and money to keep drug dealers from 
fleeing the country. 

Thus began a nationwide program of taking money and 
other possessions from people without due process. Wealthy 
drug dealers were hardly the people targeted. Then and now, 
the typical seizure victim is a relatively poor black or 
Hispanic person who can't afford to go through the expensive 
civil process to "prove" him or herself "innocent" of a crime 
he or she wasn't even charged with. 

(It gets worse. In federal seizure cases, at least, the 
forfeiture victim has to post a bond of several thousand 
dollars merely to gain the right to contest the case in court. 
Until he or she does, no judge will even look at the case to 
determine whether the seizure is legal. That's kind of tough 
to do when they've taken everything you own. Once in court, 
the victim, now impoverished, isn't usually even entitled to a 

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court-appointed attorney because it's a civil, not criminal, 
case. In one case, the DEA claimed the victim wasn't 
impoverished — based on the value of the person's car — 
which the DEA had seized and was in the process of selling\) 

In 1990, the U.S. Justice Department issued a memo to law 
enforcement agencies across the country urging them to use 
civil forfeiture as a means of raising money. 

At that point, the process escalated into a kind of 
government-sanctioned protection racket. What the Mafia 
can't do, cops are encouraged to do and they are doing it 
with a literal vengeance. 

Occasionally in the early 90s, federal courts issued very 
limited, wishy washy edicts against forfeiture. In one case, 
they said cops couldn't take real estate without a hearing 
because bad guys couldn't use real estate as a means of 
escape from justice. In another, they said cops couldn't 
confiscate property then bring criminal charges in the same 
case because that would be double jeopardy — the forbidden 
act of punishing the same person twice for the same crime. 

However, cops at federal, state and local levels never 
stopped. Civil forfeitures went dramatically up, not down. 

Civil forfeiture is based on a medieval concept that 
inanimate objects — like houses and cars — can be guilty of 
wrongdoing. In other words, the cops claim they aren't 
punishing you if they take your car or your house; they're 
punishing the thing. Never mind that they know it's a lie. 
Today cases with crazy names like United States v. 
$405,089.23, United States v. 9844 South Titan Court, and 
United States v. Real Property Located at Incline Village are 

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From bad to worse — punishing the innocent 

Then in early 1996, the Supreme Court issued the Bennis 
decision and things got even worse: A lot worse. 

Tina Bennis was a poor housewife from Michigan. She and 
her husband had bought a beat up van for $600, which she 
needed to take their children to school and doctor 
appointments. A few weeks later, local police found her 
husband having sex with a prostitute in the van. They 
confiscated the van and sold it, keeping all the proceeds. But 
in doing so, they punished not only the "guilty" husband (if 
you accept that the free-market transaction of trading money 
for sex is a crime), but his wife, who didn't even know what 
her husband was doing. 

Stefan Herpel, an Ann Arbor lawyer concerned about civil 
forfeiture, took Mrs. Bennis' case and fought it all the way to 
the Supreme Court, giving up most of his other legal practice 
to fight what he perceived as the most inexcusable and 
dangerous injustice threatening the country today. It looked 
like the perfect case for defending the rights of an innocent 
person denied due process. 

But the Supreme Court said no. They said cops can take 
any piece of property that's ever been connected to any sort 
of crime, even if the owner had nothing to do with it, even if 
the owner didn't even know about it. One justice said he 
didn't particularly like the idea, but that they couldn't find 
anything in the Constitution to prevent it. 

The members of the Supreme Court are obviously 
unfamiliar with the Fourth Amendment ("The right of the 
people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and 
effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be 
violated...."), Fifth Amendment ("No person shall.. .be 
deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of 
law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without 

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just compensation.")^ and the Fourteenth Amendment 
("....Nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or 
property, without due process of law...."). 

Odd, isn't it, that the alleged arbiters of constitutionality 
couldn't find, in months of deliberation, what you or I could 
show them in five minutes? 

Be that as it may, the situation is now this: 

If a friend borrows your car and is found with an open 
bottle of beer in it, your car may be history. If your cousin 
sells a stolen boom box from your back porch, your house is 
history. If your neighbor plants marijuana on an isolated 
corner of your farm, kiss your farm and your livelihood good- 

That nation is desirable in which wealth and friends 
can really be enjoyed, not the one where wealth can 
easily be taken away, and where friends in time of 
necessity abandon you... 
— Niccolo Machiavelli 

Now, theoretically, this also means that, if a passenger on a 
luxury cruise ship has an assignation with a prostitute in his 
cabin, the cops can seize the cruise ship. It means that if a 
petty thief employed by General Motors hides stolen goods 
on company property, the law can seize and sell the whole 
manufacturing plant. Or (as one editorial cartoonist 
graphically suggested) if a janitor is caught smoking a joint in 
a bathroom of the Supreme Court building, the Supreme 
Court building could be confiscated and sold. 

It isn't going to happen quite that way, of course. The 
government class will be exempted by its privileged status 
and the government grafters will leave most of the wealthy 

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and powerful alone — because they have the resources to 
fight back. 

No, it's you and I who are in danger here, and not only if 
our friends or relatives commit crimes without our know- 
ledge. Simply if some government goon decides to target us. 

Talk about things going from bad to worse! As if the 
Bennis decision weren't outrageous enough, on June 24, 
1996, the Supreme Court, in its infinite wisdom, declared, 
"We hold that these... civil forfeitures are neither punishment 
nor criminal for purposes of the double jeopardy clause." So 
don't feel bad when they take your house and bank account, 
friends. You haven't been punished. You've just, out of the 
goodness of your heart, made a "contribution" to your 
friendly U.S. or neighborhood government. 

The court passed judgment on two separate forfeiture cases 
June 24; both involved seizure of assets from drug users. One 
decision was unanimous; the other was 8 to 1. Freedom 
doesn't have any friends on the U.S. Supreme Court. So take 
care of your own backside, people, because the Injustice 
System isn't going to do it for you. 

If you have a nice car, boat or house whose sale could 
enrich the coffers of some cop agency, look out. If you have 
a valuable collection of anything, beware. If you express 
unpopular political opinions — well, you're probably toast. 

All it takes is for one sly cop, offended by your vocal 
opposition to drug laws (for instance) to plant one joint on 
your property and your house and land are gone. 

All it takes is for one officious "social welfare" bureaucrat 
to allege child abuse, true or false, and you can lose every- 

All it takes is for cops to learn you've downloaded a "dirty 
picture" from an Internet site, and you can wave bye bye tc 
your computer — and maybe to everything else you own. 

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Don't imagine I'm exaggerating. It doesn't even have to be 
a real crime. In several states, they're already doing it for 
misdemeanors. In some southern jurisdictions, cops routinely 
stop drivers who fit a made-up "drug dealer" profile, search 
them and their cars, confiscate every dime the person is 
carrying, then turn them loose — no charges, no evidence of 
any crime. In California, they're talking about confiscating 
cars from those terrible threats to society — car owners who 
fail to renew their license tags! 

This is serious shit, people. Now that the government has 
proved forfeiture can be used to intimidate minorities 
without the media or the general public getting huffy, watch 
for forfeiture to be used as a tactic to silence all forms of 

That's exactly why we've got to oppose this loud and 
clear. Because this is the dividing line between tyranny and 
the America of our ideals. Since this book was originally 
written, more people have protested and some forfeiture laws 
have been "softened" to put more burden of proof on the 
government. But do not believe this profitable outrage has 
gone away. 

What to do about it 

First, some legitimate, mainstream stuff: 

Join FEAR — Forfeiture Endangers American Rights 

20 Sunnyside, Suite A-419 

Mill Valley, CA 94941 

voice: 415-389-8551 

1-888-FEAR-OOl (if you can't afford the toll call, please) 

Web site: 

This is a small, underfunded organization, but it's fighting 
as hard as it can. It works with lawyers, publishes informa- 

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ion about the status of various seizure cases, and maintains 
an Internet Web site with detailed information on some 
particularly outrageous cases. FEAR could use your money 
and help — and you might need FEAR's help someday, too. 

Read Forfeiting Our Property Rights by Congressman 
Henry Hyde. Though he's not our friend in a lot of other 
ways, Hyde is one of the few members of Congress actively 
defending our rights to due process. While the legislation 
he's introduced is incredibly wimpy, his background 
information on the issue is good. 

If you are a victim of forfeiture or an attorney, read 
Forfeiture and Double Jeopardy: How to Turn Prosecutorial 
Overreaching into Release of Prisoners or Return of Seized 
Property by FEAR's Brenda Grantland. For more general 
information, try Grantland 's Your House is Under Arrest. 

These books are available from FEAR. By the way, the 
absurd case names I mentioned above are real; information 
on these and others and can be found on FEAR's Web site. 

For a guerrilla tactic 

Well, let's call this one a fantasy or a hypothetical 
situation, since actually doing it would be illegal... 

Bury some drugs in the garden of a local judge or city 
council member who thinks forfeiture is a great old thing. 
Then call an anonymous tip line and say you saw them doing 
it one moonlit night as you were passing by. Let them 
experience first hand just how "wonderful" forfeiture is. 

Or you could scatter some "drug paraphernalia" and 
marijuana seeds under the seat of the mayor's teenage son's 
car. Then call that hot line. 

Put the right chemicals into an unlocked shed on the back 
of a local drug enforcer's lot and — voila — you have a meth 

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lab to report. (Loompanics even has books to help you 
choose the appropriate chemicals.) 

Of course, it might be hard to get a politically connected 
person arrested, and even if he or she does get busted, the 
cops aren't as likely to steal a politician's home or car as 
yours, but keep trying. It's even possible that, if the particular 
politician has political enemies, they'd love to engineer an 
arrest and property seizure. 

Even if the tactic doesn't result in seizure of a bigshot 
politician's property, you might have some fun watching Mr. 
or Ms. Holier-Than-Thou squirm and deny. 

If forfeiture results, of course, it's perfect justice. After all, 
under the Bennis decision, the Supreme Court says it doesn't 
matter who actually commits the crime. So what if it's really 
your crime committed on the mayor's property? The highest 
court in the land, our August Masters in Washington, say the 
mayor's house is guilty — and deserves what it gets! 

Somethin 's happening here, and you don 't know what 
it is — do you, Mr. Jones? 
— Bob Dylan 

18. Celebrate the Fourth of July 

Instead of sending Christmas cards, have some Fourth of 
July cards printed up. Include a pithy quote about freedom. 
Something from the founding fathers would be nice, or maybe 
one of the other quotes scattered around this book. 

19. Celebrate April 19 

On April 19, 1775, the farmers and villagers of Lexington 
and Concord stood against the might of the British army and 
set us on the road to independence. 

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On April 19, 1943, small bands of desperate Jews in the 
Warsaw ghetto, armed with a few dozen firearms and little 
experience in their use, decided to fight rather than submit to 
the Nazis' "final solution." They held off SS troops for weeks 
before they were defeated. 

On April 19, 1993, the United States government sent 
tanks against members of an unapproved religion. More than 
80 people died from fire or poisonous gas, including two 
dozen children, for the alleged crime of failing to pay federal 
taxes on some firearms. 

On April 19, 1995, someone bombed the Alfred P. Murrah 
Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Was it was an angry ex- 
soldier and his friends, as the government claims? Or was it 
the government itself in a successful attempt to pass 
"counterterrorism" legislation? Whichever view you adopt, 
the bombing was a sign of the growing distrust between free 
Americans and the government caste. 

In Massachusetts, April 19 is still celebrated as Patriots 
Day in memory of the stand at Concord and Lexington. 
Unfortunately, that state's government has long forgotten the 
issues and significance of the thing it pretends to celebrate. 

But you need not. April 19 is a day worth noting for many 
reasons. A good day for: 

• Sending cards 

• Writing letters to the editor 

• Holding rallies 

• Writing guest editorials 

• Conducting memorial celebrations 

• Reminding your anti-gun Jewish friends that armed de- 
fense is part of their history and religious teachings 

• Renewing your own resolve never to give up or give in 

• Simply remembering 

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People — pardon me, journalists and politicians — 
have often accused me of believing that I'm above the 
law. And yet, who isn't? Everywhere you prod it, even 
with the shortest stick, the established system isn't 
simply corrupt, it's unequivocally putrescent. The law 
is created by demonstrable criminals, enforced by 
demonstrable criminals, interpreted by demonstrable 
criminals, all for demonstrably criminal purposes. Of 
course I'm above the law. And so are you. 
— L. Neil Smith, Pallas 

20. Cultivate some Mormon friends 

There is a really bad joke that goes like this: 

"Do you know what's in the most basic disaster survival 

"A rifle and a directory of the local Mormon ward." 

I apologize to my Mormon friends, but the truth behind the 
joke is that Mormons, also called Latter-Day Saints, are 
among the best people on earth when it comes to disaster 

Don't go shooting them. They'll shoot back and you'll 
deserve it. You may want to learn from them before disaster 
strikes. Many Mormons, as required by church doctrine, live 
a life of preparedness, canning, drying and storing food, 
laying in emergency heat, light and cooking sources, and 
otherwise planning to prevail over catastrophes. Stockpiling a 
years' supply of food (or more) is part of their doctrine and 
their daily lives. 

Mormons run a number of fine survival stores in Utah and 
other western states. Some are listed in Some places to find 
all of the above, No. 83. Your local ward or stake may also 
have a buying club that would enable you to purchase bulk 
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may not let a "gentile" join. If so, perhaps a Mormon friend 
could make purchases for you.) 

If you're interested, ask a Mormon acquaintance or look in 
the phone book under Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day 

Whether you agree with their teachings or not, the Saints 
have other valuable lessons to teach us all. They are one of 
the most cohesive social groups in the world. Their church- 
run welfare system — based on the dignity of work, 
voluntary contributions and mutual aid — is more effective 
and more truly humane than any government system ever 

/ am not a number. I am a free man. 

— The Prisoner (Patrick McGoohan) Also known 
as "Number Six" 

21. Don't give your Social Security number 

Everybody wants your Social Security number. Your car 
insurer requests it. So does your health insurance company. 
Some phone companies do. Go to school? They'll ask for 
your number. Open a checking account, give a number. Sign 
up for a paging service; they want the number. Drivers 
license? Not without a number. Apply for credit? Give a 
number, please. 

Less than a month ago, I even had to fight to keep a county 
library from demanding my number before giving me a 
flipping library cardl (They said they needed it for their 
collection agency in case I stole a book!) 

Although these people all act as if they're entitled to your 
number, in most cases, they aren't. You have the right to 
keep your number from them — and you should. 

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Since you're reading this book, you probably have some 
idea why it matters. In case you're one of the millions who 
spouts your number without thinking every time somebody 
pushes your Social Security button, here's the reason: 

The more that number is used to identify you, the more the 
feds, the state, or any talented computer hacker can find out 
about you. Where you live. What you own. What medicines 
you take. How much you pay in taxes (or whether you pay). 
They can access your education records, employment 
records, mental health treatment records, criminal history — 
you name it. Your whereabouts can easily be tracked by 
finding out where you work, where your house is, where you 
make credit card purchases and so on. 

Everyone who asks for your Social Security number will 
assure you that their particular databases are absolutely con- 
fidential and secure. The person telling you that may even 
believe it. But if you believe it, I have some nice swamp land 
in Florida to sell you. 

When the Roosevelt administration was trying to sell its 
Social Security Ponzi (pyramid) scheme to the public in the 
1930s, they assured everyone that absolutely, positively, the 
Social Security number would never be used for any purpose 
but record-keeping within the Social Security system itself. 

I am old enough that my card says right on it "NOT TO BE 
USED FOR IDENTIFICATION." Yours may not. They 
dropped that in embarrassment after the number had long 
been allowed to become, by default, a national and all- 
purpose ID number. It's so convenient for "them." So 
dangerous for us. 

It doesn't have to be that way. There are steps you can 
take. Every one of these steps carries some risk — from the 
risk of having people think you're a jerk to the risk of federal 

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persecution. But, again, if we want to regain our 
independence, risk is something we must accept. Which risks 
— and what level of risk — only you can determine for 

Things to do about it 

1. You can, if you truly detest being part of this system, 
rescind your Social Security number and do without one. If 
you decide to take that course, write to the Social Security 
Administration at the following address: 

Social Security Administration 
Office of Public Inquiries 
Attn: Attempts to Withdraw 
Mail Stop: 4-H-8 Annex 
6401 Security Boulevard 
Baltimore, Maryland 21235 

"Attempts to withdraw" is the administration's own phrase. 
You might prefer to change it to "Attn: Withdrawals." You 
have as much right to withdraw as a slave does to be free. 

Taking this course, however, targets you as "one 'a them 
right-wing, hate-mongering, freemen, constitutionalist nut- 
cases" and will land you immediately in another database — 
that of suspected terrorists and revolutionaries. And guess 
what? That database will contain your Social Security 
number, too. 

So on this course of action, let's post a notice: "Secretary 
of Health and Human Services Warning: Social Security is 
'good' for you. Attempts to withdraw from the system may 
be hazardous to your health." 

After rescinding your number, you can take up a constitu- 
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whatever, without a number. Sovereign citizen groups can 
sell you "substitute W8 and W9 forms" along with 
instructions on filling them out; these are forms filed by 
people claiming not to be U.S. government citizens. (See 
Consider sovereign citizenship, No. 63.) It's exhausting, but 
some people seem to thrive on the confrontation. 

2. You can tear up your card and refuse to be identified that 
way ever again, but trying to live in the modern world after 
doing so is darned near impossible. 

3. You can lie about your number. It's a crime to do so on a 
government form, though almost no one is ever punished for 
it. But it's frightening how easily lenders, schools and 
government agencies will detect a false number and demand 
a real one. If you do make up a number, you must be careful 
to choose a "realistic" one. Social Security numbers have a 
pattern. For instance, the first three numbers are a code 
representing the state where your card was issued. The 
second two are a code denoting both date and place of issue. 
If you pick a number that says you're 36 years old when 
you're actually 21, someone might notice. The book 
Understanding U.S. Identity Documents (by John Q. 
Newman, Loompanics Unlimited, 1991) gives a chart 
showing the actual codes used. 

4. If you want to erase your past and start over, you can get 
"genuine" new ID documents, including a Social Security 
number, from the government using one of the methods 
detailed in books like Understanding U.S. Identity 
Documents. But this is risky; the feds might have caught on 
to last year's surefire method of obtaining false documents, 
and clampdowns allegedly aimed at illegal immigrants are 
causing tighter controls on all of us every day. Also, if you 
freely give your new Social Security number to all those 
private and public bureaucrats, you simply begin creating a 

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new data trail for yourself. If your intent is to escape the past, 
false documents could help. If, on the other hand, your intent 
is to have privacy in the present, a new Social Security 
number alone won't do it. 

5. Finally, you can keep that number but learn when to stand 
on your legal rights and refuse to reveal it. Believe it or not, 
Congress once actually passed a law to protect your rights, 
rather than violate them. On the next two pages is some 
information about it from a group called the Heritage Caucus. 
The following is not copyrighted, and the caucus encourages 
you to make copies and give them to anyone who unlawfully 
requests your number. (I have edited their text to remove 
redundancies and correct grammatical glitches; all claims, 
quotes and case citations are theirs.) 

As with everything else in this book (and the world), you 
should verify the accuracy of this information for yourself. 
However, I've found that merely pulling a copy out of my 
wallet and waving it in front of a bureaucrat's face usually 
does the trick, with no further discussion or proof necessary. 

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Since many people objected to extensive loss of privacy which accom- 
panied the use of computers, Washington responded by passing the 
"Privacy Act," Title 5 of the United States Code Annotated 552(a). It 
states quite simply that, "It shall be unlawful. deny any individual 
any right, benefit or privilege provided by law because of such individ- 
ual's refusal to disclose his Social Security number." Due to it, courts 
have ruled, in part: 

"Right of privacy is a personal right designed to protect persons from 
unwanted disclosure of personal information..." {CNA Financial 
Corporation v. Local 743, D.C., 111., 1981, 515F, Supp. 942, 111.) 

The District Court in Delaware held that the Privacy Act: 

"Was enacted for [the] purpose of curtailing the expanding use of Social 
Security numbers. ..and to eliminate the threat to individual privacy and 
confidentiality posed by common numerical identifiers." (Doyle v. 
Wilson, D.C., Del., 1982, 529G, Supp. 1343.) 

In the strongly worded Guideline and Regulations for Maintenance of 
Privacy and Protection of Records on Individuals it is stated: 

"(a) It shall be unlawful... to deny to any individual any right, benefit 
or privilege provided by law because of such individual's refusal to 
disclose his Social Security account number." 

The Privacy Act calls for the following penalty for knowingly violating 

"(A) Actual damages sustained by the individual as a result of the 
refusal or failure, but in no case shall a person entitled to recovery 
receive less than the sum of $1,000; and (B) the costs of the action 
together with reasonable attorney fees as determined by the court." 

It is suggested that you take someone with you when you assert your 
rights under the Privacy Act. He or she will witness the incident and 
testify (if necessary) to the facts. 

Courts have ruled that there are only four (4) instances when Social 
Security numbers MUST be used. These are: 

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1. For tax purposes 

2. To receive public assistance 

3. To obtain and use a driver's license 

4. To register a motor vehicle 

In any situation not listed above, simply present this document to any 
person who seems to need one. Invite him or her to make a copy. Point 
out the SI, 000 penalty that is guaranteed upon judgment that your rights 
were violated under this act. Point out that an individual may personally 
be required to pay the $1,000 if he/she is aware of the Privacy Act and 
refuses to follow it. In Doyle v. Wilson, the court states: "Assuming that 
the plaintiffs refusal to disclose his Social Security number was a 
clearly established right, where defendants could not as reasonable 
persons have been aware of the right and could not have recognized that 
any effort to compel disclosure of number or to deny plaintiff his refund 
violated federal law, damages against defendant were barred." (Doyle v. 
Wilson, D.C., 1982, 529F, Supp 1343.) 

It is quite clear that the individuals must be able to show that they could 
not have been aware of the Privacy Act and could not have possibly 
realized that their actions were in violation of federal law in order to 
escape the SI, 000 penalty. 

Courtesy of the Heritage Caucus 

22. Visualize Vermont carry 

If the government issued permits for free speech, would 
you get in line for one? If your local sheriff was willing to 
grant you permission to practice your religion — after you 
passed certain tests, gave your fingerprints and let yourself be 
photographed, would you apply? If your state allowed you to 
hold a political meeting, but only if you obtained the proper 
license and consented to having your name entered in a 
government database, would you lay your money down? 

The proper answer is, "We don't need no stinking 
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Then you don't need no stinking permit to exercise your 
right to own and carry firearms, either. 

If you ask the government for a permit, you are admitting 
you don't have a right. 

If you ask the government for a permit, you are also 
committing a damn, dumb, dangerous deed. You are helping 
state governments build what the federal government wants 
and is forbidden to build for itself — a nationwide registry of 
gun owners. Worse — it's a registry of those people most 
likely to use guns to defend themselves, their families and 
their communities against villains of all varieties. These are 
exactly the people the feds will most want to know about if 
they ever dare to take the final steps into complete 

Haven't you wondered why prominent, federal, anti-gun 
officials spend very little time fighting and bemoaning the 
movement for states to issue concealed carry permits? 
Because it benefits them! 

Don't — ever — get a concealed carry permit. If you have 
the courage, bear your gun as you wish. It is your right. 
Think of it as an act of civil disobedience. 

In many western states, concealed carry without a permit is 
merely a misdemeanor, and one most law enforcement 
agencies won't even enforce. In other states, like New York, 
it's a felony and they'll treat you like a murderer for doing it. 

If you don't want to break the law, then work to change it. 
Only one state recognizes the rights of gun owners. Little 
Vermont has no restrictions on the right to carry firearms, 
openly or concealed. Gun-rights activists know the system as 
"Vermont carry." A few states, like Montana and Wyoming 
which already have a strong gun culture, are probably ripe for 
its introduction. A few others, like Florida, which have seen 
the benefits of "allowing" concealed carry, might also 

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eventually be candidates for the more just and radical 

No slave shall keep any arms whatever, nor pass, 
unless with written orders from his master or employer, 
or in his company, with arms from one place to 
another. Arms in possession of a slave contrary to this 
prohibition shall be forfeited to him who will seize 

-A Bill Concerning Slaves, Virginia Assembly, 1779 

23. Don't talk to strangers 

The phone rings. 


"Good evening, I'm with the National Political Porkbarrel 
League, and I'd like to ask you a few questions about your 
views on current issues." 

"Sure," you say. The next thing you know, after a few 
innocuous-seeming questions about your name, age and 
occupation, you're blurting out your opinions on drug legal- 
ization, gun control, censorship, abortion, the United Nations, 
and the legitimate extent of federal police power. 

Who are these people, anyway? Why are they doing this? 
Why are you doing this? What's going to happen to this 

You don't know and you have no way of finding out. This 
could be anybody calling you. For any purpose. Be paranoid; 
it's good for you. Don't tell anybody anything, even if they 
give a convincing story about who they are and how they'll 
use the information. 

Even if you happen to be talking to a legitimate pollster (a 
rare breed these days, when even old-line organizations like 
Harris and Gallup are more bent on molding opinion than 

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reporting it), why should you let your ideas, your tooth 
brushing habits, your car buying patterns or anything else be 
known to every geek in the universe? What do you gain by it, 
beyond the momentary satisfaction of having some minimum- 
wage telephone slave pretend to care? 

24. Don't talk to people you know, either 

Something like it goes double when you're trying to do 
business with your banker, your school registrar, the 
bureaucrat at the drivers license department, your insurance 
agent, etc. 

They give you these forms with the most amazing array of 
questions. Or they sit at a terminal and grill you through 
screen after screen. They act as if God himself granted them 
permission to know everything about your life. Most of us sit 
there, wanting to open that bank account, attend that school, 
buy that stereo, get that document, win that contract, etc., 
believing that if we don't answer, they'll send us away empty 

They want more information than ever, now that it's so 
easy to enter it in a database. When we attempt to halt the 
information hemorrhage, the human between us and the 
computer protests, "But the system won't let me to leave that 
field blank!" 

Well, big deal. Then the system's got a problem. Tell the 
human to enter a bunch of zeros or exes, or to list your 
occupation as "Declined to state." But don't invade your own 
privacy to appease the gods of The System. 

Give them only what you think they need to know. Less if 
you can manage it. 

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Mass democracy, mass morality and the mass media 
thrive independently of the individual, who joins them 
at a cost of at least a partial perversion of his instinct 
and insights. He pays for his social ease with what 
used to be called his soul, his discriminations, his 
uniqueness, his psychic energy, his self. 
— Al Alvarez, British writer and poet 

25. DO write to your congresscritter 

Okay, okay! I said at the top of this book you shouldn't do 
it, but here's one way to do it, have some fun, possibly get 
some media attention, and remind your alleged representative 
that you know what villainy it and its cohorts are per- 

Ask the nice, basic, simple, incredibly polite, unanswerable 
questions. The monkey-wrench questions. Write them in a 
tone of bland sincerity, the voice of a trusting citizen who 
looks to wise leaders for all answers. Then send copies of 
your letters and their replies (if any) to the local newspaper. 

Here are some samples: 

"Dear Congressman Mussolini: I guess I am not very 
sophisticated about government. I've read and read, but I 
just can't find the place in the Constitution where it says 
police can take somebody's property and sell it without a 
court finding anybody guilty of a crime. Would you 
please tell me what section that's in? I'm sure it must be 
there, or the police would never do that. Thank you 
sincerely for your help." 

"Dear Representative Brownnose: I see that you voted to 
keep marijuana illegal. I'm sure you have very good 
reasons. Would you please send me copies of all the 

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scientific studies showing that marijuana is more harmful 
than cigarettes or alcohol? Thank you in advance." 

"Dear Senator Hooker: You know, it's really funny, but 
I never hear people say, 'It's a free country,' any more. 
Isn't that strange? Do you have any idea why? Yours 

"Dear Representative Yellowtail: Can you please tell me 
which guns are okay to own and which I'll get in trouble 
for? I'm confused, but I'm sure you have an easy way of 
telling. After all, you congresspeople made the laws, and 
you wouldn't have made laws we citizens couldn't 
understand or obey. Please also send me a list of exactly 
what makes some guns okay and some illegal, so I'll be 
able to tell for myself in the future. Your help is 

Copy your letters and the replies to the local newspaper or 
your favorite and most sympathetic political rag. Pass them 
around at parties. Start a whole collection. Publish it. Get 
your friends to write monkey-wrench letters of their own, and 
compile the hysterical non-answers you receive. 

Try the same technique on bureaucrats, heads of political 
parties, the president, the ambassador to the U.N., and 
leaders of political causes you detest. 

26. Visualize no government 

Government only exists because people think it does. If 
enough of us ignore government — don't obey its laws, don't 
patronize its services, don't vote for its members, don't fill 
out its forms. ..and above all, don't pay the taxes that feed 
it... it will eventually go away. 

Government is only a concept. Concepts change. 

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As John Lennon didn't sing (but should have), "Imagine 
there's no government. It isn't hard to do..." 

The future is the only kind of property that the masters 
willingly concede to slaves. 
— Albert Camus 

27. Fly the Gadsden flag 

You've seen it — the bright yellow flag with its coiled 
rattlesnake and the words, "Don't Tread On Me." That's the 
Gadsden flag, designed during the American revolution and 
once a candidate for the role now played by the Stars & 

It says it all, really: Leave me alone and we can share the 
same world in peace. Mess with me and I'll strike back — a 
message every government on earth should get from the best 
of its citizens — and a message lots of ordinary busybodies 
should get, too. 

Fly the Gadsden flag as a symbol of your attitude — and a 
reminder that you haven't forgotten the message of the 
revolution, even if today's King Georges have. 
You can order one from: 

All Nations Flag Company, Inc. 

114W. Fifth Street 

Kansas City, Missouri 64105 

voice: 1-800-533-3524 

fax: (816) 842-3995 


Web site: 

As the name implies, this company carries about any flag 
you could want. Among them are 13-star Old Glories and 
other flags of the Revolutionary Era. All Nations also carries 
U.N. flags suitable for burning, if you're into that sort of 

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thing. (Experienced pyro-protesters recommend the cotton 
version; burning nylon stinks.) 

Wherever is found what is called a paternal 
government, there is found state education. It has been 
discovered that the best way to insure implicit 
obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. 
— Benjamin Disraeli 

28. Dare to keep DARE out of your local schools 

They're everywhere — those dramatic black-with-red cop 
cars with the dashing "D.A.R.E" acronym on their sides. 
DARE — Drug Abuse Resistance Education — is a War on 
Drugs program sold to the public in a warm, fuzzy, let's save 
the children cover. "Cover" is the operative word here. 

In the decade and more that police have been taking the 
DARE program to the schools, not one shred of evidence has 
turned up to show that DARE has discouraged one child 
from experimenting with drugs. In fact, the psychologist who 
developed DARE's methods has since disavowed them as 
completely ineffective. 

If the real intent of the program was to encourage children 
to avoid drugs, why are those DARE cars and DARE cops 
still invading the schools long after the program has been 
proven not to work? 

Because plenty of evidence has turned up to indicate that 
DARE is successful at one thing the government wants very 
much: turning American school kids into little brownshirts, 
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Some questions: 

Did you know that DARE was founded by former L.A. 
police chief Daryl Gates, who once testified before Congress 
that every recreational drug user should be shot as a traitor to 
the War on Drugs? 

Did you ever wonder why DARE is being taught by law 
enforcers, who have only one week of DARE education, 
instead of by pharmacologists, physiologists, psychologists or 
physicians with real experience of the effects of drugs? 

Do you know that DARE officers have added "anti- 
violence" messages to their program — which is nothing but 
the latest warm, fuzzy term for "anybody who owns guns — 
like your parents, maybe? — is a bad person"? 

Do you know that DARE officers are trained to gain the 
trust of children — expressly to get evidence to arrest the 
children's family members? The children, who are merely told 
the police want to "help" their drug-using relatives, often end 
up in foster homes after finding, to their horror, that they've 
sent their own parents to jail and lost their own homes and 
possessions to forfeiture. 

DARE isn't and never was a drug abuse prevention 
program. It was from its inception a political indoctrination 
program, created by people with minds seething with hate 
and deviousness. 

Even if you have no children, or have been wise enough to 
pull your kids out of public school, DARE is a threat to you if 
you use recreational drugs, own firearms, enjoy unorthodox 
sex play, hold unpopular opinions, or break any of your city, 
county, state, or country's countless arbitrary laws (as we all 
do). Your kids might not be brainwashed into finkdom, but 
that won't help much if the neighbor children have been. 

Fight to get your local school district to reject DARE. 
Fight to get your local police to stop participating in the 

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national program. If nothing else works, use the argument- 
from-practicality that it's a waste of time and money since it 
hasn't made a dent in the alleged drug problem. 

29. Identify the informant in your midst 

If you're involved in any underground or anti-government 
activity, there is always one person you should distrust more 
than any other. For years, members of groups from the Ku 
Klux Klan to the Weather Underground have had a saying: 
"You can always tell the FBI agent; he's the one who keeps 
trying to get you to bomb something." 

It's true. 

It just makes sense when you think about it. Most people 
know violence is a last resort, often as dangerous to the doer 
as to the victim. Only a tiny handful of fanatics and a huge 
army of cops eager to advance their careers actually want 
people to initiate violence. 

It was an FBI informant who helped a bunch of inept boobs 
(who couldn't even rent a truck properly) figure out how to 
bomb the World Trade Center. Then the FBI stood by while 
the boobs killed people so the feds would look better by 
having a more serious charge on which to arrest them — a 
barbarity that didn't seem to bother the media at all. 

It isn't only violent crimes cops will urge on you, either. 

It was a BATF agent who talked naive, broke Randy 
Weaver into sawing off two shotguns for a few hundred 
dollars. The agent worked on Randy for three years before he 
conned him into it, all the while pretending to be a friend. The 
BATF went to all that effort not because they wanted to get 
Randy, but only because they wanted to use Randy's "crime" 
as leverage to force him into doing the same sort of thing to 
others! Heck, some 80 percent of the BATF's cases, 

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historically, have involved them entrapping otherwise 
blameless people. 

In general, the feds are outstandingly bad at catching 
genuine evildoers. Look at the Unabomber case; it wasn't the 
FBI, it was the suspect's brother who caught him — after 15 
years of useless federal investigation! 

That's why the feds concentrate instead on manufacturing 
crimes or catching ordinary people on technicalities; and feds 
from dozens of agencies — from the IRS, DEA, FBI and 
BATF to the Immigration and Naturalization Service — are 
all over the place, doing exactly that, these days. 

If we're going to join with other people to fight tyranny we 
have to act on trust, sometimes, even if we can't be assured 
we're right. But never be surprised if someone screws you, 
and always believe that the person advocating violence or 
other law-breaking early, loud and with great persistence is a 
government agent. 

Taking my gun away because I might shoot someone is 
like cutting my tongue out just because I might yell, 
"Fire! " in a crowded theater. 
— Peter Venetoklis 

30. Remember Mother Batherick 

On those days when you feel outnumbered. ..when you 
know the tyrants are going to win no matter what you do, 
remember the people in this little story. 

It's true, and it took place on April 19, 1775, the day of the 
battles of Lexington arid Concord. The "embattled farmers" 
of poetic fame had already begun to rout the well-armed, 
well-trained redcoats of General Gage. Gage attempted to 
send two ammunition wagons, accompanied by an officer and 
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resupply his troops, but along the road they ran into a handful 

of ordinary Americans. 
As told by David Hackett Fischer in his wonderful book, 

Paul Revere 's Ride: 

This little convoy was intercepted on the road by a 
party of elderly New England men... who were exempt 
from service with the militia by reason of their age. 
These gray-headed soldiers did not make a formidable 
appearance, but they were hardened veterans who made 
up in experience what they lacked in youth, and were 
brilliantly led by David Lamson, described as a 
"mulatto" in the records. 

With patience and skill these men laid a cunning 
ambush for the British ammunition wagons, waited 
until they approached, and demanded their surrender. 
The British drivers were not impressed by these 
superannuated warriors, and responded by whipping 
their teams forward. The old men opened fire. With 
careful economy of effort, they systematically shot the 
lead horses in their traces, killed two sergeants, and 
wounded the officer in command. 

The surviving British soldiers took another look at 
these old men, and fled for their lives. They ran down 
the road, threw their weapons into a pond, and started 
running again. They came upon an old woman named 
Mother Batherick, so impoverished that she was dig- 
ging a few weeds from a vacant field for something to 
eat. The panic-stricken British troops surrendered to 
her and begged her protection. She led them to the 
house of militia captain Ephraim Frost. 

Mother Batherick may have been poor in material 
things, but she was rich in the spirit. As she delivered 
her captives to Captain Frost, she told them, "If you 

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ever live to get back, you tell King George that an old 
woman took six of his grenadiers prisoner." Afterward, 
English critics of Lord North's ministry used this 
episode to teach a lesson in political arithmetic: "If one 
old Yankee woman can take six grenadiers, how many 
soldiers will it require to conquer America?" 

31. Take your kids out of government school 

We live with a myth that compulsory, universal education 
was established to produce a well-educated populace. 
Propaganda! Bull-oney! Long before government schools 
were built, the U.S. had a literacy rate of more than 90 
percent, and a population well-versed in history, civics, 
literature, philosophy and mathematics. 

Government schools were, from their inception, designed 
primarily to keep the children of "the masses" docile (and 
keep them out of the workplace — a huge national issue at 
the time compulsory school attendance laws were passed). 

America's compulsory education system was the brainchild 
of U.S. educators who had visited Prussia's highly 
regimented schools. These edu-controllers had admired the 
Prussian system's obedient, robot-like students and its 
philosophy that the state was the true parent of every child. If 
you doubt it, check out these quotes from some of the 
founders and philosophers of U.S. government education: 

Let our pupil be taught that he does not belong to 
himself, but that he is public property. He must be 
taught to amass wealth, but it must be only to increase 
his power of contributing to the wants and demands of 
the state. [Education] can be done effectually only by 
the interference and aid of the Legislature. 
— Benjamin Rush (1786) 

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The secret of the superiority of the state over private 
education lies in the fact that in the former the teacher 
is responsible to society. ..[T]he result desired by the 
state is a wholly different one than that desired by 
parents, guardians, and pupils. 

— Lester Frank Ward (1897) 

[The role of the schoolmaster is to] collect little plastic 
lumps of human dough from private households and 
shape them on the social kneading board. 

— Edward Ross (1900) 

Our schools are, in a sense, factories, in which the raw 
products (children) are to be shaped and fashioned 
into products to meet the various demands of life. The 
specifications for manufacturing come from the 
demands of twentieth-century civilization, and it is the 
business of the school to build its pupils according to 
the specifications laid down. 

— Ellwood Cubberley (1920) 

Then read Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum in 
Compulsory Schooling, by John Taylor Gatto, New Society 
Publishers, 1992, and Separating School and State, by 
Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom Foundation, 1994. 

You will discover for yourself that today's shocking rates 
of illiteracy, lack of historic knowledge, and sheeplike belief 
that people exist to serve the state aren't the result of a 
system that has failed. They are the result of a system that 
has succeeded beyond its founders' wildest hopes. 

The system cannot be fixed. It already works. 

What can you do about it? 

Some people imagine school vouchers and charter schools 
(in which any qualified group can start a school, funded by 

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the government) promise a way out, but as long as gover- 
nment holds the purse strings and has the slightest control over 
what's taught and how it's taught, the basic problem remains. 

Your basic problem, of course, is how to see that your own 
kids get a diet of healthy information, rather than intellectual 
junk food — right now. If you're working full-time outside 
the home, that's a problem. If you're paying an average of 
several thousand dollars a year in taxes to fund the public 
schools (some obvious, some hidden in the cost of the items 
or services you purchase), as most of us are, that's a problem. 

Home schooling takes time; private schooling takes money. 
But help is available. 

As more people homeschool, they're developing coopera- 
tive groups, great teaching materials and organized classes 
for their children. There are even on-line schools, operating 
entirely on the Internet. If you're creative and motivated, you 
may still be able to homeschool while working outside your 

Private schools offer scholarships, and many church-based 
or politically driven schools deliberately keep a very low 
tuition and offer flexible payment plans. 

If you're interested in one of these options, but don't know 
where to begin, here are some sources of help: 

How Do I Homeschool? 


P.O. Box 282 

Wilton, California 95693 

e-mail: (Ruthann Biel) 

This helpful book is published by a homeschoolers' support 

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Home Education Magazine 

P.O. Box 1083 

Tonasket, Washington 98855 

(800) 236-3278 


Web site: 

A fifteen-year old magazine by and for homeschooling 
families. Also publishes a comprehensive resource guide for 

Growing Without Schooling 

2269 Massachusetts Avenue 

Cambridge, Massachusetts 92140-1226 

voice: (617) 864-3100 


Web page: 

Separation of School and State Alliance 

Marshall Fritz 

4578 N. First #310 

Fresno, California 93726 

voice: (209) 292-1776 

fax: (209) 292-7582 

Web page: 

A political/educational alliance dedicated to getting 
govern-ment out of the education business. 

Home School Legal Defense Association 

P.O. Box 3000 

Purcellville, Virginia 20134 

(540) 338-5600 


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Information about more organizations and publications can 
be found on the Internet. Try Jon's Home School Resource 
Page at, or type the words 
"home schooling" into any good Internet search engine. 

32. Keep your sense of humor 

Hey, just because the future of freedom looks grim, that's 
no reason you should. A sense of humor is an essential 
survival tool in hard times. To keep yourself smiling through 
it all try: 

The Archie McPhee Catalog — There is nothing weirder. 
Archie McPhee describes itself as "The definitive source for 
rubber chickens, cheap imported trinkets, weird overstocks 
and other disgusting, hilarious, fascinating novelties." I might 
add: voodoo dolls, bubble gum that tastes like pickles, and 
purple octopi that smell like grape Kool-Aid, glow in the dark 
and squeak. 

Our county Libertarian Party chair always keeps a supply 
of rubber dog doo on hand, for instance, for those days when 
opposition tactics get really smelly. 
You can get a catalog from: 

Archie McPhee and Company 
P.O. Box 30852 
Seattle, Washington 98103 
voice: (425) 349-3009 
fax: (425) 349-5188 

You can visit their retail store, known as Seattle's 
Epicenter of Weirdness: 

2428 NW Market Street 
Seattle, Washington 98107 
(206) 297-0240 

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Or visit them electronically: 

Web site: 


Weird humor sites on the World Wide Web. These 

The Mad Martian Museum of Modern Madness (where 
you'll find the Interactive Toilet of Terror and — I'm not 
kidding — a genuine, classic hearse for sale): 

Wutka's Weird Works. Ditto: 

Annoy. Com. Juvenile fun — but with a point. The kind of 
site moral busybodies want to protect your children against. 
(Caution: rough words and very graphic graphics): 

The Onion. Wickedly funny and satiric news stories. Only 
problem: What with the strange stuff going on in the "real" 
news, these days you might have a hard time telling some of 
these from the stuff in your daily paper: 

The Darwin Awards. There are a number of Darwin Award 
sites, all highly unofficial, and all featuring tales of people 
who met Death by Stupidity. This is one of the most 
complete and funniest Darwin archives. 

As I've mentioned elsewhere, Web sites appear and dis- 
appear all the time. If you can't find one or more of the 
above, just type "weird humor" at the prompt in any one of 

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the popular Internet search engines. Something will fly out at 
you, like an electronic cream pie in the face. 

Read anything by P.J. O'Rourke — Anything. Rolling 
Stone columnist, book writer, rock 'n roll Republican, P.J. is 
one of ours. And funny? Mega- funny! 

Pretend you just arrived from another planet and could 
leave any time you wished — Then think... really think 
objectively about people like Dan Rather, Bill Clinton, The 
Honorable Gary Condit, Hillary, Rosie O'Donnell, Charles 
Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Barbra Streisand, Ted Turner, Al 
Gore, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, Sarah Brady, and — 
last and definitely least — the entire corporate-media mono- 
poly. They're really the biggest howl on the planet — as long 
as you don't have to live with the consequences of their 

Develop a sense of humor that leaves 'em wondering — 

Is he for real??? 

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, 
the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. 

— P.J. O'Rourke 

33. Assume all telephones are tapped 

When I was in high school, I hung out with a bunch of 
college radicals who lived together in what they grandly 
called a commune. It wasn't. It was more like a freelance 
dorm, but in a state of glorious paranoia, they believed their 
subversive views had earned them a phone tap. Their 
standard greeting after picking up the receiver was, "Fuck 
you, FBI...Hello?" 

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Well, the FBI probably didn't care, but somebody else did. 
One commune member was the son of a controversial local 
politician. A bureaucrat from another faction got their phone 
tapped in a fishing expedition to embarrass the kid's father. 
The guy and his friends were — no surprise — dealing dope, 
and they all got busted. 

In the past, I'd have guessed that your probably wasn't 
tapped. Used to be that taps were used only in a few 
thousand cases a year in the entire country. 
But that is changing. 

In 1995 the FBI pushed its Digital Telephony Bill through 
Congress. It forces every telephone company in the U.S. to 
build into its system all software and hardware needed to tap 
every phone in the country easily. 

Here is what author Simson Garfinkel, in his book PGP: 
Pretty Good Privacy, had to say about the bill the Clinton 
administration and its FBI lobbyists worked so hard to pass: 
Close inspection of the... bill revealed that it 
essentially turned control of the nation's communica- 
tions network over to the Justice Department. At a cost 
of more than $500 million, it's a move that virtually 
nationalizes all telephone technology — something un- 
precedented in U.S. history, except during time of war. 

The FBI has also been pushing for Congressional 
permission to conduct so-called roving wiretaps (so if a 
friend under surveillance visits your house, they can tap 
your phone even if you aren 't suspected of anything), 
and wants the capability to snoop on one out of every 
100 phone lines in major cities. 

Why they imagine there are bad guys in one out of every 
100 homes is a provocative question all by itself. Geez, are 
these guys really that paranoid? Or are us dangerous folks 
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In any case, if you value your freedom, don't say anything 
on the telephone you wouldn't say to a cop's face. That goes 
quintuple for your cellphone! 

As I write this, there are still some protections on "wired" 
telephones, but anything you blurt on a cellphone is fair 
game. Cellphone signals are easy to pick up, and if a cop just 
"happens" to hear you discuss sharing a joint with your 
significant other, or opining that you think the president 
should be "taken out and shot," it's evidence. No search 
warrant. No nothing. Just free evidence. 

So shut up, or if you must say something controversial or 
illegal, do it on a pay phone. Try to make it a pay phone far 
from your house, and a different pay phone each time. Keep 
an eye on the news, because if the feds get their roving 
wiretaps, pay phones are out, too. 

The good news about telephone taps 

The good news is that PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), the 
encryption software that can make your computer communi- 
cations private, is now available for encrypting telephone 
conversations. The bad news is that the voice-encryption 
version is still clunky and not easy to use. That will change in 
the future. So keep an eye on that news, too. With any luck, 
the free-enterprise product, PGP, will keep ahead of any 
counter technique the thundering but thudding bureaucrats of 
the FBI can get their hands on. 

PGP is free and available for downloading from the 
Internet and computer BBSes. (See Use PGP intelligently, 
No. 41.) 

34. Don't debate 

Don't argue philosophy or issues with people who disagree 
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no one, but rile everyone, including yourself. Don't you have 
something better to do with your life? 

Don't even argue with people who are close to you on 
issues unless you have good training or instincts for per- 
suasion. Too much risk of alienating a potential ally. Give 
them some literature, resources and food for thought, then let 
them "convert" themselves. 

The authority of government... can have no pure right 
over my person and my property but what I concede to 

— Henry David Thoreau 

35. Cover your assets 

This book is not written for rich people. Rich people have a 
thousand ways to hide ownership of their property or stash 
their assets. They go to Austria and open anonymous 
accounts, or to Switzerland, where they're known to their 
bankers discreetly by number. They manage their investments 
from obscure, but trendy, Caribbean islands. They keep real 
estate in trusts so deep and many-layered it takes six lawyers 
to figure out who owns what. 

Poor people and middle-class people, whose assets — 
more scarce — are probably even more precious to them, 
often get the shaft. Even when they think they're getting 
good advice from so-called financial privacy advisors, they 
have few means of verifying how honest or effective that 
advice is — until it's too late. 

However, even us poor folks can, if we look very hard for 
the right sources, open small international bank accounts, 
establish inexpensive trusts to hold ownership of our 
property, and use Visa and MasterCards of a type whose 
records are not easily accessible to snoops. 

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(If you care about the legalities, it's perfectly okay as of 
this writing to keep up to $10,000 total in overseas 
investments without reporting them to the IRS.) 

Not surprisingly, in the last few years, as the U.S. 
government has increasingly tightened the screws on anyone 
moving a dollar from Point A to Point B — and as the 
Internet has, correspondingly, enabled people to roam the 
world more freely — more options have sprung up for 
offshore financial privacy. While many of these are aimed at 
the rich, people of modest means have more choices all the 

Here are some sources to which you can turn for 
information. The following newsletters and Web sites offer 
information on such things as: 

• Offshore trusts and corporations 

• Anonymous credit cards 

• Offshore debit cards that leave less of a U.S. paper trail 
than you're used to 

• Second citizenships and passports 

• Offshore bank accounts 

• Mail drops 

• Internet privacy tips 

• Legal and tax data on haven countries 

• Books on all of the above 

Please note, I don't expressly recommend any of these 
resources. Every financial advisor should be viewed with 
skepticism, and all advice and services should be subjected to 
scrutiny. As you explore this field you'll unfortunately find 
volumes of hype and sleaze mixed with the useful advice. 
Sometimes it's hard to tell one from the other. But these are 
places to start, if you want to try some do-it-yourself asset 

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Expat World 

Box 1341, Raffles City 

Singapore 911745 

fax: 65-466-7006 


Web site: 

'The most unique ass & asset protecting newsletter on the 
market" and "products and services to beat the bureaucracy." 
$89.95 for 10 issues. 

PT Shamrock Ltd., Suite 79 

184 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines 

Dublin, D6, Ireland 

fax: +353 1 633 5083 


Web site: 

An "ass & assets" service center. This one puts more 
daring info online and offers some highly politically incorrect 
services. Not cheap, but not all that horribly expensive, either, 
considering the nature of some of it. 

The Freebooter 

P.O. Box 489 

St. Peter 

Port Guernsey GY1 6BS, Channel Islands 

United Kingdom 

voice: 444 171 691 7863 

Web site: 

A bi-monthly newsletter, for $100 per year. Sprightly, 
freedom-loving attitude. 

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Privacy Alert 

561 Keystone Ave., No. 684 

Reno, Nevada 89503 

Monthly newsletter ($96 per year) edited by "The 
Libertarian Columnist" Vin Suprynowicz, with the able 
assistance of Deke Castleman. Privacy Alert features articles 
on offshore havens that are personally researched by PA staff 
members (sometimes revealing that "everything you think 
you know" about Panama and Belize is untrue). It looks into 
— and often debunks — various "asset protection" methods. 
In addition to featuring the political writings of the articulate 
Mr. S., it offers occasional contributions by well-known 
freedom-movement writers like Boston T. Party (Kenneth 
Royce), oneline tips from Cyber Sam, and "onshore" haven 
profiles, including some written by yours truly. It can 
occasionally be a little too heavy on political, rather than 
practical, writings. But when it does delve into the area of 
things you can (or shouldn't) do, it does it well. 

And if you just want a simple, no fuss, not-much-research, 
no-big-expense place to stash a few dollars out of easy reach 
of your greedy Uncle Sam, consider the following: 

Canadian banks 

Bank of Montreal 

55 Bloor Street West 

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3N5 



Web site: 

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And if you just want a simple, no fuss, not-much-research, 
no-big-expense place to stash a few dollars out of easy reach 
of your greedy Uncle Sam, consider the following: 

Canadian banks 

Bank of Montreal 

55 Bloor Street West 

Toronto, Ontario M4E 3N5 



Web site: 

National Bank of Canada Headquarters 

Montreal, Quebec H3B 4L2 


voice: (514) 394-6990 


Web site: 

The Canadian banking system is far from perfect. It doesn't 
remotely have the privacy of Swiss, Austrian or some 
Caribbean banks. Canadian currency also has been heading 
south for years, making your Canadian-dollar deposits 
steadily less valuable when compared with FRN-based 
accounts and infinitely less valuable than gold-based savings. 
But Canadian banks have one big advantage over other 
"offshore" financial institutions — accessibility to ordinary 
Americans. To wit: 

• You can open an account with very little money either by 
mail from the U.S. or in person in Canada. 

• Most of the account types are familiar enough that you 
won't require a whole new realm of financial knowledge, as 
you might with some overseas banks. 

• You aren't always required to give your Social Security 

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• You can access your money with relative ease. 

• You can send deposits to your Canadian account in U.S. 
dollars without going through any currency swapping 
hassles. They'll just automatically make the conversion. 

• In many northern border states, you can deposit Canadian 
funds in your U.S. bank account and the teller will convert 
the funds with absolutely no fuss and no extra charges. 

• In areas near popular U.S./Canadian border crossings you 
can even write checks on your Canadian account in U.S. 

• And even without the privacy guarantees of some other 
banking systems, it's a big hassle for any U.S. police 
agency to get information about, or confiscate, your 
Canadian account. 

• Somewhere out there in the world, there's a place where 
even us "little people" can grab a little bit of security back 
from the tax man and the asset forfeiture squads. Go for it. 

It will be of little avail to people that the laws are 
made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so 
voluminous that they cannot be understood; or if they 
be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or 
undergo such incessant changes that no man knows 
what it will be tomorrow.... Frequent changes give an 
unreasonable advantage to the sagacious, enter- 
prising, and the moneyed few, over the industrious and 
uninformed mass of the people. 
— James Madison 

36. Expect to lose everything, anyway 

You may not have time to hide your assets effectively 
before tyranny rampages in your direction in the shape of the 

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method you chose turns out to be based on bad information 
— and the "advisor" who sold you on the idea is long gone. 

Realize that, despite your best efforts, you could lose all 
your possessions — house, car, bank accounts, retirement 
plan — all of it. Overnight. 

So prepare yourself to lose. This suggestion has two parts. 
One involves preparing yourself mentally for the worst. The 
other involves some steps to help keep the worst from 

Imagining the worst 

First, spend some time imagining scenarios in which you 
might find yourself broke, homeless, desperately in debt or 
whatever. Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Think 
about what your options might be. 

• Would you have anyone to turn to for help? 

• Are you capable of living on the street, if need be? 

• Could you survive the climate where you live? And if 
not, could you get quickly to another part of the country? 

• Have you got an alternate place to sleep — even a travel 
trailer, van, cave or tent? 

• How would you reach help if your car was taken? 

• How would you communicate if your computer had been 
seized? (And would you have backup files in a secure 

• How would you feed & clothe your children, or take care 
of the medical problems of a family member? 

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Whatever your situation, think it out and be as ready as you 
can for it, physically, emotionally and intellectually. 

Preparing for the worst 

Second, to minimize some of the impact, make sure you 
have at least minimal plans in reserve and minimal stashes of 
resources in safe places. For instance: 

• If you rely on your computer, place duplicate diskettes 
with a trusted friend or relative, but one not closely 
involved with your political activities. A person too close 
to you might be busted at the same time you are. 

• Bury a small survival kit, including clothes, weapons, 
food, medical supplies, and negotiable money somewhere 
away from your property. (See Bury gold, guns and 
goodies, No. 97.) It will come in handy if the government 
seizes everything else you own, or if you must make a run 
for it, for whatever reason. 

• If you anticipate being on the run or stranded in poverty 
with pets, children, sick family members or elderly 
relatives, do your best to lay aside items they'll need (See 
Prepare your children, pets, and aging relatives, No. 
85). Put those items in a secure place, preferably off your 

• Arrange emergency shelter in advance with a friend or 
relative — or scope out a useable camping spot on 
remote public land. 

• Deposit a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars 
in a checking account in a Canadian bank. Maybe open 
two or three such accounts. (See #35 above.) That extra 
stash — not easy for the government to grab — may help 
you survive in the first weeks or months after a property 
seizure or other government-caused disaster. 

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• Develop some survival skills appropriate to the scenarios 
you envision for yourself. 

• Learn to do with less — now. 

Preparing for disaster is an enormous task. If you're young 
or poor (or both), it's especially daunting. The sheer number 
of things you need to think about is awesome, and the money 
needed to prepare thoroughly is beyond most of us. 

But remember — doing some things is better than doing 
nothing. Even if all you can do is prepare mentally, you're 
still better off than if you never prepared at all. 

Above all, do not allow the loss of mere material 
possessions to submerge you in depression. The name of the 
game is survival, and that means mental and emotional 
survival, as well as physical. You can always recover from the 
loss of things. You may never recover if you let tyrants 
destroy your self. 

If you can survive as a whole person when the government 
believes it has taken everything from you, you win. With 
nothing left to lose, you are in a position to fight harder than 
ever for freedom. 

Stay alive! Survive to become a tyrant's worst enemy. 

When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose. 
You 're invisible now. . . 
— Bob Dylan 

37. Respect individuals, not groups 

There is not a group on this planet worthy of your respect. 
Only individuals. Respect or disrespect them case-by-case, 
based on what they do, not what categories they belong to. 

It's possible that your greatest ally could be a DEA or 
BATF agent becoming disillusioned with the agency's 

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practices. It's possible your worst enemy could be a friend 
about to rat on you to save his or her own butt. It's possible 
that the smartest person you'll ever meet will be a member of 
a racial group you always believed was stupid. It's possible 
that the most venal person you'll ever meet belongs to a 
group otherwise known for its honor. 

There's another aspect of this group thing, too. 

Groups develop what my friend Kevin calls a "synergistic 
personality." Kevin points out that the Democrats he knows 
as individuals aren't at all the Democrats he knows when 
they're acting as a group. People who would never steal from 
him or force him to obey their will as individuals band 
together and insist he obey them "for the common good." 

Somehow groups give individuals "permission" to be more 
ruthless, more dictatorial, more self-righteous than the same 
person would be when facing you one-to-one. But the 
individual is still responsible. The individual is still the doer of 
the group's deeds. 

Besides all this, remember the wise words of Groucho 
Marx: "I wouldn't belong to any group that would have me 
as a member." 

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of 
pursuing our own good in our own way. 
— John Stuart Mill 

The next four sections were originally written when the 
World Wide Web was shiny new and most of us weren't yet 
on e-mail. They're old news to most of us now (and reflect a 
more optimistic view of Internet power than seems 
warranted). But they're still good reading for those just 
making it onto the Net. And I hope even you old vets will 
enjoy some of my favorite Web sites. 

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38. Fun and freedom on the Internet 

The Internet is the most subversive thing going today — 
and living proof that the invisible hand of the free-market 
works. It enables you to exchange information with anyone, 
anywhere in the world, for almost any purpose. It lets you to 
spend your time in virtual communities made up of the 
neighbors you personally choose. The electronic realm is very 
much the kind of "world" most of us would live in if we 
could — with entirely voluntary relationships and little 
government interference. 

The Internet has no president, CEO, director, king or pope. 
It has no capitol, no headquarters, no laws, no regulations, no 
corporate policies — only some mutually agreed-upon 
standards and procedures for providers, site developers and 
engineers. And some user "netiquette" based on common 
courtesy and good sense. It collects no taxes. It holds no 
threats over our heads. It imprisons no violators. It just 

The Internet is, furthermore, a haven and breeding ground 
for freedom lovers. It is our realm — the realm in which, 
despite attempts at federal regulation, we are still free. 

For those of us who've been "living" in this society for 
years, it's hard to believe the whole world isn't already on the 
'net. But the mail I get and the conversations I have at 
freedom gatherings tells me there are still a lot of people 
either uninterested in the 'net or downright leery of it. Well, if 
you don't wanna, you ain't gonna. And if you're already 
there, you don't need the following. But if you're not on the 
'net, but thinking about it, read on. 

There are three major things you can do on the Internet: 
• Browse the Web — that is, link with other computers to 
look at photos, read information, order books, join 
organizations, listen to music and radio, watch video 

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clips, and take just about all of the above from the host 
computer into yours, for keeps, if you want to. 

• Send and receive electronic mail, individual to individual. 

• Participate in newsgroups (Usegroups) or forums. These 
enable you to publicly post and receive messages on the 
'net. All messages can be read by all participants in the 
group. You can also subscribe to group e-mail lists, which 
accomplish about the same function, but do it by 
delivering individual mail messages to your computer. 

Starting to browse 

All you need is a fairly modern computer, a modem, an 
Internet service provider (ISP), and a software package that 
will let you dial up and browse. Any computer store or 
friendly computer user can tell you what you need and even 
set you up to begin. 

Once the hardware and software are installed, it won't take 
you long to be using the net like a pro. The software dials the 
phone number of your service provider, and there you are. 
Using the Internet is simpler and faster than using your local 
library's catalog — and there's a lot more to find! 

Once on line, there are two ways to get around. One way is 
to use a search engine — which is something like an 
electronic catalog or index. You'll find several of them, 
simply by hitting your browser's search button once you've 
dialed in. Just type in key words for what you're looking for 
— "tax havens," "BATF," "gun rights," "drug legalization," 
"homeschooling," "constitution," etc. The software will toss 
up information on a number of possible sites for you to go to. 
Click on the one (or ones) that sounds best — and go. 

The other way to get around — a little less easy, but more 
reliable — is to type in the URL of the Internet location 
you're looking for. A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is 
simply the Internet's idea of an address. Type it in, hit Return 

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The other way to get around — a little less easy, but more 
reliable — is to type in the URL of the Internet location 
you're looking for. A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is 
simply the Internet's idea of an address. Type it in, hit Return 
— and the next thing you know, your computer is connected 
to one in Albuquerque, New Mexico or Copenhagen, 
Denmark. (With no charge for the globe-hopping, either. Just 
whatever monthly or hourly fee you've agreed to pay your 

Some URLs to get you started 

Like any other addresses, URL's lead you to places (also 
called sites or pages). On those pages, you'll find, among 
other things, highlighted links to other, related pages — 
which may be physically located on the same computer or half 
a world away. This way, you'll quickly develop your own 
catalog of favorite sites. 

In the meantime, here are a few of mine to get you started. 
You've already seen others scattered throughout this book 
everywhere more conventional "snail" mail addresses appear. 

Google — The best search engine on the Internet. Clean, 
fast, uncannily accurate results. And they don't fool you by 
tossing sites to the top of the list merely because a site owner 
pays them to. 

Gibson Research — Test your computer to see how secure 
it is and get advice on closing those wide-open holes. 

The Libertarian — Collected columns of syndicated (and 
hard-core) libertarian writer Vin Suprynowicz: 

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on earth. Compare prices and buy straight from any vendor 
you choose. 

The Constitution Society — The finest archive of U.S. 
historical and legal documents on the Internet. Also features 
a huge array of links to other political sites concerned with 
freedom and the Constitution. Nice work by Jon Roland. — There are other things in the world besides 
politics. One of them is love. is a non-profit 
organization, the best of many on the Internet, that unites 
humans with the dogs and cats of their dreams anywhere in 
the U.S. and Canada. Shelters, rescue groups, and private 
individuals may list critters at no cost — and if you're an 
animal lover, you may not be able to resist what you see. 

The Claire Files — I no longer have my own Web Site (too 
much work). But a fan named Debra Ricketts is better at 
collecting and posting my writing than I ever was. Thanks. 

Electronic Frontier Foundation — Founded by Grateful 
Dead lyricist and famed computer nerd John Perry Barlow, 
EFF is fighting in a loud, clear, uncompromising and utterly 
libertarian voice against government attempts to control the 
Internet. Barlow says — and rightly so — that governments, 
with their overarching desire for central control and their 
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govern it. For great information on net freedom, covering the 
entire world: 

http ://www/ 

Cypherpunks — The Cypherpunks are a group based at the 
University of California, Berkeley and dedicated to 
encryption and other aspects of cyberspace freedom: 

GunsAmerica — Gun classifieds online. Even if you're not 
in the market to buy, you can search, price, and drool over 
thousands of varieties of firearms from the commonplace to 
the very, very rare. 

FBI Home Page — Visit the FBI to learn the latest twist on 
their paranoid views, learn what new powers they want from 
Congress, and pick up reports on new investigative 
technologies. Once you're there, however, you might just find 
yourself feeling like a Junior G-Person as you explore their 
"10 Most Wanted" page and their latest hot investigations: 

Jeff Chan's gun rights archives — This site, maintained by 
one dedicated individual, is one of the net's most compre- 
hensive sites for articles, statistics and other information 
pertaining to gun rights: 

The Lycaeum — A good information site on entheogenic 
("god-enabling") plants and chemicals. This database and 
com-munity offers everything from scientific/chemical data to 
detailed reports of users' experiences. 

http ://w ww .lycaeum. org 

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International Society for Individual Liberty — ISIL takes 
the Tom Paine approach to liberty, with more than a million 
copies of their liberty-oriented pamphlets in print. They also 
hold an annual international conference to discuss the issues 
of freedom: 

Youkali People — This one's just for fun. I don't know the 
history, but it looks as if a bunch of kids (and some older 
people, too), dreamed up an imaginary island and are 
peopling it with themselves and their friends. A delightful 
fantasy world: 

For Linux Newbies — Windows = insecurity, instability, 
and Big Brother. The alternative? Linux. Linux isn't just for 
nerds anymore. I'm no nerd and I'm typing these words on 
my Mandrake Linux system (and sharing documents 
seamlessly with my Windows-dependent friends). There are 
literally thousands of Linux Web sites, many of which are 
just for nerds and can drive a newbie crazy. I recommend 
two very welcoming ones: and 

Advocates for Self-Government — This group of 
libertarians is dedicated to helping people communicate their 
pro-liberty views more effectively. They publish The 
World's Smallest Political Quiz (with four corners, not 
merely right and left sides) and run Operation Politically 
Homeless to help proto-libertarians find their philosophical 
homeland. You can download an electronic version of the 
quiz from their site and set it up on your own computer: 

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Important note: Web sites come and go. Anyone can put 
up a page and thousands of individuals and organizations do. 
(Your own Web provider will probably make it possible for 
you to put up your own. Publish your job resume on it, or 
post an essay about Truth, Justice and the American Way — 
whatever you want.) This also means people frequently lose 
interest in their pages, move them to another site, change the 
subject matter, or do a lot of other things to make sites 
somewhat less durable than Mt. Rushmore. If you're looking 
for a particular type of information and the URL doesn't 
work any more, go back to the search engines and type in the 

Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but 
secrecy... censorship. When any government, or any 
church, for that matter, undertakes to say to its 
subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not 
see, this you are forbidden to know, " the end result is 
tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the 
motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man 
whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no 
amount of force can control a free man, a man whose 
mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not 
anything. You cannot conquer a free man; the most 
you can do is kill him. 

— Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100 

39. Don't say anything you don't want the world 
to remember 

Did you know that all traffic on all Usenet (Internet) 
newsgroups is archived? Every word you ever "speak" on 
alt.politics.guns, alt.revolution,, alt.anger 
or any other discussion group is stored. 

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So don't say anything you might regret in four or five 
On the other hand... 

40. Throw key words into your e-mail 

There are some provocative words you should "speak" 
electronically just for the hell of it. Here's why. 

Federal agencies regularly monitor electronic transmissions, 
including phone conversations, faxes, e-mails, and just about 
anything else you can think of. They laugh at laws that forbid 
them to do it, freely operating systems like Echelon in 
cooperation with foreign governments. 

It's impossible for human beings to scan for all possibly 
"subversive" or "criminal" messages flying back and forth on 
computer networks. So computers do the scanning, looking 
for key words. 

Such words might be: assassinate, assassination, bombing, 
bomb, explosive, amphetamine, cocaine, joint, sinsemilla, 
hemp, Columbia, murder, kill, meth lab, crank, hit, terrorism, 
crack, connection or C4, Swiss account, along with names of 
various other drugs, drug-making chemicals, explosive 
chemicals, guns and gun parts, "suspicious" financial terms, 
sexual terms, etc. The actual words being scanned for will 
change, depending on which "crimes" the feds are hot for at 
the moment. 

If you deliberately attach these words to otherwise 
innocuous e-mail messages, you help overload the fedsnoop 
system twit the snoopers, and make a free speech protest 
without endangering yourself. Add them to your signature 
line or send every message with an extra line like, "Net Nazi 
boob bait term for the day: revolution." 

You may even be able to find some free software to add 
trigger words to your messages automatically. I'm not aware 
of any for DOS, Windows or Mac — yet — but Unix 

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programmers have written some, and versions that work with 
your software may not be far behind. 

Random action produces random political results. Why 
waste even a rock? 

— Abbie Hoffman in Steal This Book 

41. Use PGP intelligently 

PGP — Pretty Good Privacy — is encryption software you 
can use to keep your e-mail messages and other 
computerized documents from snoopy noses. Some versions 
are free for non-commercial uses, while others cost money 
but may be easier to learn. 

You can get a free version from the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology at 

Another free version (open-source) is the Gnu Privacy 

Some versions of PGP use the RSA algorithm for their 
incription, while others use Diffie-Helman/DSS or other 
algorithms to encrypt your message. Don't worry about the 
Greek. But do be aware that this means some versions of 
PGP won't "talk" to others. 

MIT still requires you to certify that you are a citizen or a 
legal alien in the U.S. or Canada before allowing you to 
make a download. This is due to yet another asinine federal 
law of the Clinton era (see below). You can, on the other 
hand, download PGP freeware from: 

a European site, and avoid all the hassle. Or you can get the 
freeware version from a friend. 

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To learn to use it to best advantage, read PGP: Pretty 
Good Privacy, by Simson Garfinkel, O'Reilly & Associates, 
Inc., Sebastopol, California, 1995. (Available at any good 
book store.) 

PGP can do more than encrypt your messages. People who 
receive your messages can also use it: 1) to verify that the 
message is indeed from you; and, 2) to make sure the 
message hasn't been corrupted — accidentally or deliberately 
— during transmission. 
Keep a few things in mind: 

• PGP requires that both you and the people who receive 
your messages possess electronic "keys." The program 
will generate them but you will need to provide them to 
your correspondents. 

• Use of PGP could attract government attention. Cops 
may not be able to read your messages, but the mere fact 
that the messages are encrypted could trigger their 
suspicions. (Not likely; too many people are using it now; 
but it's possible.) 

• Use it consistently, if you're going to use it at all; 
encrypting some messages and not others could be a clue 
that you have something specific to hide, rather than just 
a general desire for privacy. 

• Finally, the U.S. government considers PGP (or did until 
recently) a munition. (Well, why not? Any government 
weird enough to bring a lawsuit against $405,089.23 or 
someone's house is precisely irrational enough to 
imagine a piece of software is a bazooka.) That attitude, 
and the export restrictions that went with it, finally 
changed after their damage to the U.S. software industry 
became so obvious even a congressthing could see it. But 
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given up trying to get some sort of "backdoor" into 
encryption to investigate your messages at will. And also 
know the keystroke monitors can be secretly installed on 
your computer to record — everything — including your 
PGP password and keys — to snoop agencies. 

The more ridiculous a belief system, the higher the 
probability of its success. 
— Wayne R. Bartz 

42. Challenge all assumptions 

There's a lot of bullshit going around: Propaganda, Dis- 
information, Misunderstood information, Haywire opinion, 
Bent facts, Misinterpreted facts, Urban legends, Paranoid 
fantasy, and Eyewitness accounts by people who didn't really 
see what they think they saw. 

When evaluating information, remember: The sun doesn't 
rise in the east unless you personally see it do so. 

And even then — it doesn't really rise in the east, does it? 
It only appears to because of the rotation of the earth. 

Nothing is what it seems. Nothing should be accepted at 
face value. 

If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only 
one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind 
would be no more justified in silencing that one person 
than he, if he had the power, would be justified in 
silencing mankind. 
-John Stuart Mill 

43. Move to a small town 

In times of trouble, where's the best place to be? 

Sure as hell not in any major urban area. Disaster strikes 
urban areas every day in the form of gridlock, bureaucracy, 
air pollution, crime and general inhumanity; it's just that the 

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inhabitants are so used to it they've forgotten the way they 
live isn't "normal." 

By the same token, a bunker mentality won't do you much 
good, either. Retreating to the hills didn't help Vicki and 
Randy Weaver. Living on a farm surrounded with barbed 
wire didn't do the Montana freemen much good. 

Rural areas are fine if you cherish the lifestyle, but don't 
imagine isolation alone will protect you. 

If you're planning to relocate, keep your eye on small cities 
and towns — say, anything from a hundred inhabitants to 
5,000. Maybe as large as 50,000 — as long as you are talking 
independent communities, not mere suburban warts on big 
city butts. 

In communities of this size, you'll find a variety of skills 
and trading opportunities useful in hard times, but you'll also 
find a sense of community that means you're less likely to get 
looted or shot at in a crisis. Small cities out of the population 
mainstream are also likely to be have a larger share of people 
who share your disgruntled political views. 

I'm not saying small towns are perfect. There's always the 
problem of everyone knowing your business. They can be 
boring, too. It's just an option. 


The next seven items are all about books and magazines. 
As I was making my lists of recommended books on the 
topics of getting around the system, self-sufficiency and 
fighting, I found myself recommending books from Loom- 
panics Unlimited to the point where I worried you 'd think I 
was shamelessly plugging and toadying to my own publisher. 

But there you have it. Loompanics (and after Loompanics, 
Paladin Press — also plugged below) is the best source for 
titles Waldenbooks and B. Dalton would quail at carrying. 

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44. Read: Action 

This list doesn't pretend to be comprehensive; these books 
are just some of my favorites and good starters for a liberty 
library. Commonly available titles are listed by title and 
author only. Where a book is harder to find, I've given as 
much information as possible to help you locate it. 

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein. This has 
been described as how the American Revolution might 
have been fought on the moon. 

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. The great novel of freedom. A 
bit dated, a bit talky, a bit. ..well, Ayn Randish. But there's 
still nothing like it to stir both mind and spirit. Rand's 
other works, fiction and non-fiction, deserve a read, too, 
whether or not you entirely agree with her philosophy or 
entirely like her attitude. 

The Monkey Wrench. Gang, by Edward Abbey. This is the 
novel that inspired the Earth First! movement of outlaw 
eco-protection. You may like it or loathe it, but there's a 
lot to be learned from it. 

The Probability Broach, by L. Neil Smith. This rousing 
libertarian science fiction adventure was first published in 
1980 and has been almost impossible to find since. How- 
ever, in October 1996, it was re-issued with new material. 
This is the story of a weary, middle-aged Denver police 
detective Win Bear, suddenly catapulted from the crime- 
ridden, bureaucracy-ridden, unfree United States into the 
parallel universe of the North American Confederacy, 
where no federal government exists, freedom prevails, 
and people of his age are glowing with youth. Neil also 
wrote several other North American Confederacy novels 
(notably The Venus Belt) and has produced many other 

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freedom-oriented science fiction novels. But in my 
humble opinion (Sorry, Neil!) none come close to this 

Illuminatus!, by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. This 
wonderful, weird trilogy (The Eye in the Pyramid, The 
Golden Apple, and Leviathan) is both a liberating mind 
trip and a surrealistic tale in which every conspiracy 
theory you ever heard is true — especially the conflicting 
ones. If you like this, try anything else by Wilson (Fiction 
and non-fiction — With him, it can be hard to tell which 
is which.), then go on to explore Discordianism. (Is it a 
joke disguised as a religion? Or a religion disguised as a 
joke?) The Loompanics Unlimited catalog is a good 

Kings Of The High Frontier, by Victor Koman, Bereshith 
Publishing. 1998. This magnificent novel about the death 
of NASA and the birth of a private space race is written 
from a hard-core anarcho-libertarian perspective. While 
too many books have been hyped as "the greatest novel of 
freedom since Atlas Shrugged," this one finally deserves 
praise. (And unlike Rand, Koman spares us the 65-page 
speeches.) If you feel like giving up on Planet Earth, 
Kings will give you hope for the future in space. Origin- 
ally published only in electronic form by J. Neil Schul- 
man's the astonishing Kings remains "the 
best book nobody has ever read." The first book ever to 
be nominated for a major science fiction award before be- 
ing published on paper, Kings is now officially in print 
and available through and by special order 
at your local bookstore. And the book is worth whatever 
you have to go through to get it. (From the author of two 
other thought-provoking libertarian novels, The Jehovah 
Contract and Solomon's Knife.) 

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45. Read: history 

History books are usually as dull as a Bill Clinton speech, 
so I've recommended only those that are readable as well as 
full of good information. This list also makes no attempt to be 
comprehensive, and tends to cover small segments of history 
rather than attempting a big picture. But again, these books 
are good starters. 

Paul Revere' s Ride, by David Hackett Fischer, Oxford 
University Press, 1994. The most comprehensive account 
available of the famous ride and the Battles of Lexington 
and Concord. Besides that, it's an absolutely delightful 

Albion's Seed, by David Hackett Fischer, Oxford University 
Press, 1989. A fascinating account of early U.S. cultural 
history. Hackett shows that English settlement was by 
four cultural groups with distinctly different origins, 
habits and philosophies — and that these differences are 
still reflected today in our own culture. (Ever wonder why 
the politics of the mid- Atlantic states are so different than 
the rest of the nation? This book will help you begin to 
understand why.) 

The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American 
Revolution, by Thomas Slaughter, Oxford University 
Press, 1988. First thing on the agenda after the American 
Revolution was — guess what? — a tax revolt. The 
rebels lost, and that has a lot to do with how we 
eventually became a nation of the government, by the 
government and for the government. 

Story of a Secret State, by Jan Karski, Houghton Mifflin 
Company, Boston, 1944. An account of life in the Polish 

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Underground during World War II. Out of print and very 
hard to find — but worth it. 

John Adams and the American Revolution, by Catherine 
Drinker Bowen, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 
1950. An excellent, very readable account of activities at 
the heart of the Revolution. Also out of print, but likely to 
be hiding at your local library. 

The South Was Right!, by James Ronald Kennedy and Walter 
Donald Kennedy, 1994. (Available by mail from Loom- 
panics Unlimited.) This book busts the myths of the Civil 
War and looks at the war's lasting effects on our country. 
If you learned in school that millions of southerners went 
to war so that a handful of rich folks could own slaves, 
you learned a very silly thing. Find out what the real 
issues were in this well-documented, but challenging 

The Battle of Athens, Tennessee, by C. Stephen Byrum, 
Paidia Productions, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1987. 
(Unfortunately out of print, but may be found via or's used-book service.) 
This book tells the little known, but well-documented 
story of how a group of returning World War II GFs re- 
took their county by force of arms after finding the local 
government under the control of a corrupt sheriff. After 
fighting for freedom in Europe, they weren't about to put 
up with tyranny in their own town. A great argument for 
the Second Amendment and an interesting story of a 
successful rebellion against abusive authority. 

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The Discovery of Freedom, by Rose Wilder Lane. (Available 
by mail from Laissez Faire Books, San Francisco, address 
below.) As its title implies, this book is about the history 
of freedom and the cultural conditions that promote 
freedom. Gracefully written by the daughter of Laura 
Ingalls Wilder (who was also, secretly, the primary author 
of the "Little House" books). 

In all ages hypocrites, called priests, have put crowns 
on the heads of thieves, called kings. 
— Robert Ingersoll 

46. Read: Founding Fathers & philosophers of 

The Declaration of Independence, by Thomas Jefferson. 

The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. 

Common Sense, by Thomas Paine. 

The Federalist Papers. (Commonly available in several 
editions.) The classic arguments by James Madison, John 
Jay and Alexander Hamilton in favor of the U.S. 

The Anti-Federalist Papers, edited by Ralph Ketcham, New 
American Library, 1986. Ironically, modern people who 
want to show what the Founding Fathers were all about 
usually point to the Federalist Papers. However, those 
were written by the "big government" advocates of their 
day. Another faction — consisting of Thomas Jefferson, 
Patrick Henry and others we more closely identify with 
the Revolution, opposed the writing of the Constitution 
and creation of a strong central government. Here's the 
book that tells why. 

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Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville. This is the 
brilliant analysis of American culture and government 
written some 50 years after the Revolution by a politically 
astute visitor to our country, de Tocqueville predicted 
many of the things that would happen to our political 
system, and his insights are worth reading today. (By the 
way, unlike Bill Clinton and his ilk, de Tocqueville was 
educated enough to understand that this country's form 
of government is a constitutional republic, not a 
democracy. He uses the term democracy, properly, to 
differentiate a power-to-the-people cultural system from 
that of one run by nobles.) 

The Law, by Frederic Bastiat, The Foundation for Economic 
Education, Inc., Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. 
(Available by mail from sources listed on page 192.) The 
classic essay on limited government, written by a French 
economist and statesman to counter the socialist ideas of 
the Paris Commune of 1848. 

On Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau. Philo- 
sophical grounding for anyone who says NO to govern- 

No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority, by Lysander 
Spooner. (Available by mail from Loompanics Unlimited.) 
Why the Constitution doesn't apply to thee and me, by a 
crotchety, 19th century anarchist philosopher who once 
ran his own postal system. 

For other books and pamphlets on liberty, see Appendix I 
on page 192. 

Laissez Faire Books. These guys have lots more titles on 
various themes of liberty — economics, politics, fiction, 

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philosophy, humor, and contemporary issues. Contact them 


Laissez Faire Books 

938 Howard Street, Suite 202 

San Francisco, California 94103 

voice: (415) 541-9780 

orders: 1-800-326-0996 


Web site: 

It is error alone which needs support of government. 
Truth can stand by itself. 
— Thomas Jefferson 

47. Read: monkey wrenching & getting around 
the system 

One thing this world needs is a great book on monkey 
wrenching. We could use more information on insidious little 
ways to damage government property or undermine the 
credibility of institutions. 

Admittedly, some institutions are doing an excellent job of 
undermining their own credibility these days, but they could 
use our help. 

Alas, this is an area where even the Loompanics Unlimited 
catalog falls short of perfection. Monkey wrenching, while 
widely practiced on a "freelance" basis, has not yet found its 
bible, its code of non-ethics, its ultimate how-to manual. 

The best (if imperfect) monkey wrenching book 

The best monkey wrenching book is still the original: Eco- 
defense, by Dave Foreman and Bill Haywood (Abbzug Press, 
Chico, California). This is the basic manual for Earth First! 
There's a lot to disagree with in the book's philosophy, but a 
lot to learn from its detailed and exacting sabotage techni- 

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ques. The biggest drawback is that the book's methods are 
specific to the timber industry and other corporate "destroy- 
ers of nature." Ecodefense is a how-to for tree-spiking, 
survey-marker moving, and sabotage of logging equipment. 
I'm rather fond of the timber industry, actually, and found 
this all to be nasty stuff. On the other hand, the techniques 
that can cripple a logging shovel or skidder can just as easily 
put a crimp in the action of an IRS agent's car or a fedgoon's 
HumVee. Worth a look. 

Now, will someone please write FreeCoDefense: A 
Manual on Restoring America? 

Loompanics does carry one inspirational book on the sub- 
ject. Pranks!, by Re/Search, examines how artists and off-the- 
wall political figures like Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner and 
Timothy Leary have used pranks to bend "reality," undermine 
perceptions of "truth," and implant a healthy distrust of 

And more monkey wrenching 

Loompanics does carry a good selection of books on re- 
venge. I don't favor revenge, as a personal matter. When you 
go for payback after a nasty divorce or a squabble with a 
neighbor, I think you degrade yourself far more than you 
harm the other person. You waste your own future by 
focusing it on some loser or jerk's past deeds. You admit that 
guy's life is more important to you than your own. 

BUT, when you're caught in the grip of a vicious beast that 
won't let you go... a monster that's determined to stop you 
from having a peaceful, free future anyway. . . a government 
that's escaped all reasonable limits... then revenge techniques 
serve a purpose. The purpose isn't revenge for the past, but 
sabotage in the present to gain freedom in the future. Now, 
that's worthwhile. 

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So while it might be a waste of energy to (for instance) buy 
a subscription to a gay magazine in the name of your ex-best 
friend, but put his next-door neighbor's address on it "by 
mistake," it could be just dandy to do the same thing to an 
IRS agent or a pompous political figure known for his gay- 

Anyway, here are some books with ideas on the best, most 
vicious dirty tricks. All are available from Loompanics: 

• Gaslighting: How to Drive Your Enemies Crazy, by 
Victor Santoro; 

• Take No Prisoners: Destroying Enemies with Dirty and 
Malicious Tricks, by Mack Nasty; 

• Get Even and Get Even 2, both by George Hayduke, the 
acknowledged master of the field. 

Getting around the system 

Loompanics has a good selection of books on personally 
getting around the system, too. These include, as a sampling: 

• Understanding U.S. Identity Documents, by John Q. 

• How To Legally Obtain a Second Citizenship and Pass- 
port, by Adam Starchild; 

• Reborn in Canada, by Trent Sands; 

• Birth Certificate Fraud (reprint of a government docu- 

• Counterfeit I.D. Made Easy, by Jack Luger; 

• Scram: Relocating Under a New Identity, by James S. 

Don't automatically trust what you read on these subjects. 
Laws change. Ways of detecting false documents become 
more sophisticated and, frankly, some people who write on 
these topics don't appear to know what they're talking about. 
It could be helpful to read two or three different books, then 

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check them against information from government agencies, 
magazines and the real-world experience of people who've 
done it. 

"A well-educated electorate being necessary to the 
security of a free State, the right of the people to keep 
and read books shall not be infringed. " 

Does that mean only well-educated people have a right 
to own and read books? Then how can this: 

"A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security 
of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear 
arms shall not be infringed" 

...possibly mean only members of the militia have a 
right to own weapons? 

48. Read: self-reliance 

Here's another good starter list — with leads to lots more. 
This one includes a magazine and a newsletter, as well as 

Backwoods Home. This bi-monthly magazine is often 
described as "what Mother Earth used to be." It is low- 
tech, anything but glossy, and probably the best single 
source of self-sufficient living information from people 
who've been there. It contains practical advice on: raising 
animals and growing vegetables; building inexpensive 
homes; using your computer to earn a living in an isolated 
area; controlling four-legged varmints; using solar, wind, 
water and generator power; canning; cooking; home- 
schooling and living cheaply. You'll also find a regular 
firearms column by self-defense expert Massad Ayoob, 
articles that help you look at "common knowledge" from 
an uncommon perspective, and editorials expressing an 
independent conservative-libertarian philosophy. Back- 

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woods Home also reviews and sells many books on self- 
sufficiency, and contains the most helpful ads in the 

For a subscription, or information contact: 
Backwoods Home Magazine 
P.O. Box 712 

Gold Beach, Oregon 97444 
voice: (541) 247-8900 
credit card orders only: 1-800-835-2418 
Web site: 

Putting Food By, by Ruth Hertzberg, Beatrice Vaughan and 
Janet Greene, Penguin USA, 1992. This classic, oft- 
revised, oft-reprinted book by a home economics teacher, 
a cookbook author and an expert on Americana tells 
simply everything you need to know about preserving 

Your Money or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki 
Robin, Viking, New York, 1992. This book will not only 
teach you how to live inexpensively; it will teach you to 
think about money in an entirely new, and very healthy, 
way. Its goal is to enable anyone to live without a job, 
spending your time as you wish. A truly revolutionary 
book — and a practical one by people who live the life 
they write about. 

Starting Over, by Robert L. Williams, WRS, Waco, Texas, 
1993. If you are changing your lifestyle — or if your 
lifestyle has suddenly been changed for you by a natural 
or man-made disaster — this book can help you get re- 
established, both emotionally and physically. 

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Carlo Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living, Sasquatch 
Books, Seattle, 1994. This great project began more than 
20 years ago as a mimeographed self-publication pro- 
duced in fits, starts and segments by an overworked and 
slightly obsessed Idaho farmwife. It has evolved into an 
institution of country living. You might find early editions 
under the title Carla Emery's Old Fashioned Recipe 
Book, but it never was and never will be just a cookbook. 
Want to know how to butcher a hog, keep bees, conserve 
water, bake bread, cook brains and tongue, milk goats, 
hitch cattle to a plow, treat poisonous bites and buy 
cheaply at auction? It's all here. 

Directions: Information for the Prepared Citizen 
(newsletter). This low-budget newsletter contains in- 
formation on various survival techniques, from survival 
gardening and storing water to purchasing and caching 
appropriate weapons. Directions is published by: Live 
Free International, 11123 S. St. Lawrence Avenue, 
Chicago, IL 60628, (312) 821-LIVE. If you saw 
Directions within the last few years and weren't 
impressed, give it another look; new editors have brought 
the focus back to real survival issues. 

Vonu: The Search for Personal Freedom, by Rayo, edited by 
Jon Fisher, Loompanics Unlimited, 1983. Now out of 
print. This collection of articles was written by a practical 
idealist who lived a primitive existence in the woods, 
wrote advice about it and philosophized about it. The 
lifestyle he experimented with — living out of cars or in 
makeshift shelters — isn't something most of us would 
want to try for long. But in an emergency, or as a protest 
against the powers-that-be, Rayo's ideas could come in 

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handy. (Vonu means "invulnerability to coercion." 
Invisibility to authority is a large component of it.) 

Travel-Trailer Homesteading Under $5,000, 2 nd Edition by 
Brian Kelling, Breakout Productions, 1999. This 112- 
page book tells you how to find your trailer and your 
land, choose and install solar panels, build your own 
septic system, install a wood stove, deal with nosy county 
bureaucrats and live successfully in a trailer. The author 
— whose own trailer/home is shown on the cover, shares 
both his mistakes and his successes. Very simple, yet very 
inspiring, knowing you can actually have a home for less 
than $5,000. 
The Loompanics catalog contains sections titled "Survi- 
val," "Self-Sufficiency," "Head for the Hills," and "Gimme 
Shelter." These list books on everything from barter tech- 
niques to poaching to solar power to finding freedom on the 

Read anything by Bradford Angier, backwoods survival 

49. Read: strategic thinking and fighting 

In 1999, Congress passed a little bill with the title, "For the 
relief of Global Exploration and Development Corporation, 
Kerr-McGhee Corporation, and Kerr-McGhee Chemical, 
LLC (successor to Kerr-McGhee Chemical Corporation), and 
for other purposes." 

Yeah, other purposes. 

The main "other purpose" was to ban any books that might 
teach the reader how to make explosives or other 
"destructive devices." The mere threat of this legislation 
caused Paladin Press to pull nearly 80 titles out of its catalog 
and Loompanics also to pull a handful. Although the law 
specifies that a person (or publisher) is guilty only if he know- 

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ingly provides the information to someone who intends to use 
it to commit a crime, previous court decisions had made it 
glaringly clear that merely selling a book to a stranger was 
enough to make you liable. 

Because of this, many of the homemade munitions books 
and similar items I recommended in past printings of 101 
Things are no longer available (although — God bless the 
Internet — you'll probably always be able to find them in 
pirate editions on the Web). 

Like most laws, this one affected the little guys, not the 
greater powers. Amazon goes on selling books that are no 
longer available elsewhere. And the U.S. government remains 
by far the single largest supplier of books on explosives, 
improvised munitions, sabotage and the like. 

For the kind of information I'm not longer able to recom- 
mend, go to the U.S. Department of Commerce's military 
publications site: 

Now we return to our regularly scheduled book. 

Mao Tse-Tung on Guerrilla Warfare, Samuel B. Griffith II, 
Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company of America, 

Guerilla Warfare, Che Guevara, University of Nebraska 
Press, 1985. More advice from someone who did it in the 
real world. 

From the Barrel of a Gun: A History of Guerrilla, Revolu- 
tionary and Counter-Insurgency Warfare from the Ro- 
mans to the Present, John Ellis, Stackpole Books, 1995. 

Armed People Victorious, Larry Pratt, Gun Owners 
Foundation, 1990. 

U.S. Army manuals. Some of the best advice on explosives, 
military firearms, tactics and emergency survival comes, 
quite unintentionally, from the U.S. Army. (Thank you, 

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Uncle Sam!) This is not only tried & true advice (unlike 
some of the untested fantasies that come from some pub- 
lishers of militaria) but it's written in very simple, im- 
possible to screw up language. Look for Army manuals at 
almost any sizable gun show, surplus store, or survival 
goods store. They are usually over-distributed to military 
bases, and the Army does not discourage civilians from 
getting many of them. A friend in the Army or National 
Guard might be able to give you some, or you could 
simply walk into a National Guard armory and ask for the 
less controversial ones. Some good, fundamental informa- 
tion can be found in: The Soldier's Manual of Common 
Tasks, Skill Level 1 (STP-21-1-SMCT — for enlisted 
people), The Soldier's Manual of Common Tasks, Skill 
Levels 2-4 (STP-21-24-SMCT — for their supervisors 
and trainers) and Survival (FM 21-76). The latter is a 
kind of Boy Scout manual for adults, with information on 
survival medicine, direction finding, signaling, camou- 
flage, contacts with local people in possibly hostile areas, 
edible plants, poisonous plants, finding water, lighting 
fires, dangerous animals, and survival under various 
weather conditions. 

Total Resistance: The Swiss Army Guide to Guerrilla War- 
fare and Underground Operations, by Major H. von 
Dach Bern, Paladin Press, Boulder, Colorado. Living in 
the incipient American police state, it's hard to believe 
that there is actually a country that encourages individuals 
to arm themselves and learn resistance movement techni- 
ques, but little Switzerland does. Total Resistance is the 
classic guide to organizing a resistance movement, cach- 
ing weapons, blowing up train tracks and taking down 
power lines. Some of the advice is dated now. (There are, 
for instance, much more modern ways to cache weapons, 

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detailed in Bury gold, guns and goodies, No. 97.) But the 
book is worth it merely for its excellent background on 
the philosophy and organization of resistance. 

Other books from Paladin Press. The Paladin mail order 
catalog includes several hundred books in the following 
categories: weapons, combat shooting, financial freedom, 
new ID and personal freedom, silencers, sniping, knives & 
knife fighting, special forces, police science, espionage and 
investigation, martial arts, self-defense, locksmithing, terror- 
ism, revenge and humor, military science, action careers, and 
explosives and demolition. 

Request a catalog from: 
Paladin Press 
Gunbarrel Tech Center 
7077 Winchester Circle 
Boulder, Colorado 80301 
voice: (303) 443-7250 
order line: 1-800-392-2400 
Web site: 

Some of the books in the Paladin catalog are actually pub- 
lished by Loompanics, so (says the voice of author loyalty), 
check The Best Book Catalog in the World first. 

You Are Going to Prison, by Jim Hogshire, Loompanics 
Unlimited, 1994. I debated about whether this book be- 
longed under the category of "strategic thinking." But 
where else? Every strategic plan should include prepara- 
tions for the worst case — and going to prison, as Hog- 
shire describes it, could be worse than death. Hogshire, 
who knows what he's talking about, tells what to expect 
and how best to cope. He gives hard, no-nonsense, no- 
holds-barred details on everything from arrest and pre- 
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prepared. In a police state, the best of people go to 

50. Read: political periodicals 

There's recently been an explosion of provocative new 
political periodicals — not so much in print, but very 
powerfully on the Internet. Herewith are a few traditional 
print publications, along with some feisty new-born com- 
panions. Most of the print publications now put at least some 
of their articles online. 

Perennially nominated for Webby Awards in the "Weird 
Site" category, Disinformation is weird only because the 
world is. Disinfo tackles subjects like mind control, 
assassination plots, censorship, and unexplained phenomena 
— but does it in the form of dossiers filled with links that let 
you check the facts and read the background information. A 
very intelligent look at the subjects that too often get covered 
only by arm-wavers — with a dose of pop culture and 
discordianism thrown in. 
The Progressive Review 
1312 18 th Street NW #503 
Washington, DC 20036 
voice: (202) 835-0770 
fax: (202) 835-0779 
Web site: 

Sam Smith's rather awesome 'zine, The Progressive 
Review is "leftist." But it sure ain't Clintonista leftist! 
Web site: 

WorldNetDaily wants to be your daily newspaper. This 
pioneer of online journalism, created and edited by Joseph 

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Farah, has a conservative-libertarian bent and is very good 
when it stays on its journalistic track. 


P.O. Box 1181 

Port Townsend, Washington 98368 

Order line: 1-800-854-6991 

Web site: 

Lotsa libertarian philosophy in this monthly intellectual 
journal. For thinkers more than do-ers. 


3415 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 400 

Los Angeles, California 90034-6064 

voice: 1-800-403-6397 



Web site: 

Highly respectable libertarian/republican monthly. The sort 
of thing with which you could bring your grandmother or 
your very conservative boss closer to the freedom movement. 

Ideas on Liberty (formerly The Freeman) 

30 South Broadway 

Irvington, New York 10533 

voice: (914) 591-7230 

fax: (914) 591-8910 


Web site: 

Nice, non-confrontational libertarianism, very good for 
educating people who are leaning toward, but confused about 
freedom issues. Been around forever, but getting some new 
spice under the editorship of Sheldon Richman. 

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Jim Robinson's Free Republic may represent the future of 
online news. Any registered member can post articles (from 
the 'net, from the mainstream media, or wherever), and 
anyone can offer commentary on them. Who needs Cokie 
Whatsername and Slam Donaldson? FR also offers tons of 
links to "regular" news sources. 

Laissez Faire City Times 

An online weekly magazine with a libertarian viewpoint, in- 
depth articles and a global perspective. 

The Nation 

33 Irving Place 

New York, New York 10003 

voice: (212) 209-5400 

order number: 1-800-333-8536 


Web site: 

These guys are on a very different corner of the political 
spectrum than most readers of this book. I include the Nation 
here for two reasons: 1) It's always useful to see what the 
opposition is thinking and 2) publishers of The Nation 
represent an old segment of the left that we might wish to see 
standing strong in this country once again. Whatever their 
economic views, they have a high regard for civil liberties and 
a horror at watching our rights be legislated away to a police 

Covert Action Quarterly 

1500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, #732 

Washington, DC 20005 

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voice: (202) 331-9763 



Web site: 

CAQ reports on activities of the CIA, NSA and other 
secretive government bureaus, in the U.S. and throughout the 
world. Their viewpoint is also leftist, and they recently 
printed some stuff on the militias that was typical media 
disinformation, but they're still quite an interesting resource. 

Mother Jones 

P.O. Box 469024 

Escondido, CA 92046 

voice: (760) 745-2809 

order number: 1-800-GET-MOJO 


Web site: 

What am I doing? Turning into a radical leftist, here? 
Mother Jones is hardly a freedom-movement publication! 
But like the other "lefty" publications here, it comes from the 
old civil-liberties left. Remember the days when leftists hated 
things like national ED cards? Well, some still do. 

No, I'm not continuing my leftward slant. is a 
solidly libertarian foreign affairs journal with a non- 
interventional perspective. Features the no-holds-barred 
columns of Justin Raimondo. 

51. You can't kill the beast while sucking at its 


You cannot untie yourself from the apron strings of the 
nanny state while scarfing up nanny's goodies. Do not 
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Social Security benefits, government jobs, independent 
government contracts, business subsidies or any other 
government handout, privilege or special consideration. 

You say you've paid for all this with your taxes? Then stop 
paying! But don't take other people's money under the thin 
justification that it's really your money coming back to you. 
That's just the story we hand ourselves to ease our con- 
science and justify "doing unto others as they do unto us." 

Nobody can liberate him or herself entirely from the 
government. We can't avoid driving on its roads or using its 
post office. Even if we try to live in a tree or a cave, that tree 
or cave is either on taxed property or tax-exempt (subsidized) 
property, but you can avoid actively and deliberately making 
yourself part of the problem. 

A Democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of 
government. It can exist only until the voters discover 
that they can vote themselves largesse from the public 
treasury. From that moment on, the majority always 
votes for the candidates promising the most benefits 
from the public treasury, with the result that a 
Democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, 
always followed by dictatorship. 

The average age of the world 's greatest civilizations 
has been two hundred years. These nations have 
progressed through this sequence: From bondage to 
spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; 
from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; 
from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to 
complacency; from complacency to apathy; from 
apathy to dependence; from dependency back again 
into bondage. 

— by Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scottish historian 
— Written while the U.S. was still a British colony 

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52. On the other hand... 

I can think of two possible exceptions to the idea that you 
should avoid taking anything from government. 

One: If you decide to bring down the system... or if the 
system has already brought you down through political 
persecution, incarceration or confiscation of everything you 
own.. .then one way to make sure the system falls faster is to 
suck it dry. 

If the IRS says, "Give us everything you own," you might 
be perfectly justified in saying, "Okay, if you're determined to 
punish me for being productive, I'll stop producing. I've just 
become a professional leech." Then go out and apply for 
every form of government handout available to you. 

But if you decide to try to bring the system down by taking 
advantage of its benefits, keep two things in mind: 1) you 
might just be kidding yourself and taking the easy way out — 
a hypocrite; and, 2) once you do bring it down, how are you 
going to survive without its benefits? 

You're probably better off keeping your independence, 
even if it means living by Dumpster diving (See Learn 
Dumpster diving, No. 72) or holing up in a travel trailer 
home (See Read: self-reliance, No. 48). 

Two: If you're in a government job where you can do some 
"good" you might ease some pain and slow the march of 
tyranny by staying there. I once knew a man, for instance, 
who allowed himself to be appointed to the state education 
commission with the goal of abolishing the government 
school system. Maybe there's some justification for that, or 
for being a city councilperson defending property rights, a 
cop fairly enforcing laws, a soldier upholding his or her oath 
to defend the Constitution or some such. 

I'm not sure, though. It's a difficult question, and individu- 
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officers refuse to enforce unjust laws? How many soldiers 
dare stand up and say, "I won't fight under UN authority" or 
"I won't let myself be used in illegal actions against American 
citizens"? Besides, the entire premise of this book is that it's 
too late to "change the system" from inside or out. One of the 
surest ways to help the system fall is for all the good people 
to leave it. Instead of hanging around government and trying 
to help minimize its damage, you'd be better off putting your 
intelligence to work maximizing freedom. 

A government that is big enough to give you all you 
want is big enough to take it all away. 
— Barry Goldwater 

53. Bust anti-freedom organizations by driving 
them broke 

Remember the "death clock"? It went up in Times Square 
amid much media hoopla. Though it was nothing but a 
mechanical device that ticked over every so often and tossed 
up a new number, its sponsor, Robert Brennan of Dehere 
Gunfighters, claimed it showed how many people were being 
killed every year by those evil (and apparently self-firing) 
guns. The national media was soon reporting the clock's 
made-up numbers as the official U.S. firearm death count. 

Do you remember that the clock quietly died without a 
mention in the press? It was killed within the year. Gun 
owners blew it away using a "bullet" provided by Mr. 
Brennan himself. The bullet was Dehere's 1-800 number. 

Gun owners called and called and called and called and 
called. They posted the number on computer bulletin boards 
and passed it around to their friends, who called and called 
and called and called and called. With each call costing 

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Brennan around 85tf and yielding no donations, Dehere and 
its clock quickly expired. 

The delicious irony of the "death clock's" demise is that 
Robert Brennan was actually a crook who had scammed 
investors in his securities firm out of millions of dollars. He 
was even part owner of a shooting range! He'd simply 
planned to use the clock to suck dollars out of soft-hearted 
fools who, he figured, would use the 800 number to dial in 

You can help kill — or at least damage — "legitimate" 
anti-freedom organizations the same way that illegitimate 
outfit was bumped off. 

If the organization has an 800 number, call, distribute the 
number widely, and ask your friends to call. But keep these 
techniques in mind: 

• Never dial more than once or twice from your home or 
office number. Many organizations have now gotten wise 
and installed systems that block the third or fourth call 
from the same number. Besides which, repeated calls can 
be considered harassment. 

• To get around call blocks or harassment charges, go to a 
public place like an airport or a college campus where you 
find banks of pay phones. Move from one phone to 
another, calling, calling and calling. 

• Call every time you're out at a shopping mall or grocery 

• Don't just call and hang up every time, or blurt, "Sorry, 
wrong number." Ask the organization to send you its 
literature. Ask them to send literature to your mother, 
your father, your aunt, your sister in Tucson, your brother 
in Nome, your best friend, your next-door neighbor and 
your third cousin's dog Max. Every packet they send 
costs them money. 

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• If you receive a literature packet with a postage-paid 
envelope inside, mail it back. That costs them money, too. 
(It's tempting either to stuff all the literature in the 
envelope to make it weigh more, or to attach the 
envelope to a brick, but that's pretty easy to spot and they 
might simply refuse delivery.) 

Even if the organization has no 800 number, you can still 
cost them money by requesting their literature. Some of these 
outfits send glossy packets that appear to cost several dollars. 
As long as they keep you on their mailing lists, you're helping 
shove them down the financial tubes. 

Only drawback is, some organizations are so desperate to 
inflate their membership to the media they claim every person 
on their mailing list is a "member." So you might find yourself 
in the aggravating position of being a "member" of the 
League to Save the Endangered Anopheles Mosquito from 
Abortion by Handgun Violence. Oh, well. 

The government is mainly an expensive organization to 
regulate evildoers and tax those who behave; govern- 
ment does little for fairly respectable people except 
annoy them. 

— E.W.Howe, 1926 

54. Another charming use for 1-800 numbers 

Report a statist. Did you know anyone can anonymously 
call the IRS to report that a friend, family member, 
acquaintance — or absolute stranger — might be evading 
taxes? The IRS will investigate, too, and you know what a 
pleasant experience that is. 

Lots of police agencies have these lines. Lots of 
governments have so-called "waste, fraud and abuse" lines to 
let you report all kinds of wrongdoing. 

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Well, isn't violating the Bill of Rights "wrongdoing"? Isn't 
stealing people's property under color of law "wrongdoing"? 
Isn't interfering with your consensual activities "wrong- 
doing"? Isn't running a protection racket (e.g. tax system) 
"wrongdoing"? Isn't running a Ponzi scheme (e.g. Social 
Security) "wrongdoing"? 

If some anonymous joker can sic goons on you without 
cause, well, do unto others. Especially, do unto the very 
people who think taxes, anonymous informants, and various 
other outrages are such a damned good idea. 

Never do it just for personal spite. That neighbor whose 
dog barks all day doesn't deserve this, no matter how much 
you hate him. But as a political tool. . . 

Here are a few national sources to get you started. Local 
police agencies also undoubtedly have anonymous tips lines 
you can add to this list. So do many state agencies. If 
numbers have changed by the time you read this, check your 
library, an on-line directory of 1-800 numbers, or a CD-ROM 
containing phone numbers from around the U.S. or look your 
favorite agency up on the Internet. 

IRS Hotline 1 -800-829- 1 040 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco 
and Firearms Hotlines 

Arson 1-888-ATF-FIRE 

Bombs 1-888-ATF-BOMB 

Bad guns no-no 1 -800-ATF-GUNS 
Stolen, Hijacked or Seized 

Cigarettes 1-800-659-6242 

(No kidding; they have a hotline for that!) 

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Suspicious characters buying 
Fertilizer 1-800-800-3855 

U.S. Customs Drug Smuggling Hotline 1-800-232-5378 

U.S. Navy Espionage Hotline 1-800-543-6289 

Federal Bureau of Investigation 

Check with the FIC or go to for regional offices 
U.S. Marshals Service 

Check with the FIC or go to 

for regional offices. 
DEA: Check with the FIC or go to 

http://usdoj.gOv/dea/pubs/breifing/7.htm for regional 

U.S. Inspector General's Government 1-800-424-4000 

Waste, Fraud & Abuse 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Never, never, never make these calls 
from your home or office. Not even from the home or office 
of a friend. Not even if you are using a pre-paid phone card 
for privacy. "Anonymous" or not, your call is traceable. 
Phone booths only, please! Or call (without his or her 
knowledge) from the home or office of someone you detest. 

55. Respect the individual, not the office 

Some say we should respect the office — like that of the 
presidency — even if we don't respect the individual in it. 
Bullshit. The office doesn't exist aside from the individual. 
The office is only as worthy as the lowest oaf who plants his 
or her ass on its chair. Bill Clinton. Richard Nixon. That's 
what the "glory" of the presidency is worth. Give no person, 
no office and no institution unearned respect. 

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It is easy for strength to acquire a reputation, but not 
for reputation to acquire strength. 
— Niccolo Machiavelli 

56. Don't blame anybody else for your troubles 

Unless someone is holding a gun to your head, your life 
and your decisions belong to you. Take the responsibility. 
Hell, even if you're held at gun point you still have the option 
of saying, "Screw you!" and taking the consequences. 

But let's say your ex-girlfriend did jerk you around, or 
your parents didn't love you, or your boss won't give you a 
break — so what? Do you prefer to sit around and whine 
about it or are you going to get on with things — and live! 

The victim mentality has become endemic to our culture. 
Understandable. Being a certified, politically approved victim 
gives you more political clout than almost anything else. The 
whole idea of "entitlements" was built around the idea that 
victimhood and helplessness give thee a moral and monetary 
claim on me. 

I say, "No way!" 

57. Stand up for people who stand up for their 

Remember Michael New, the medic who refused to wear a 
U.N. uniform? Remember Al Woodbridge, sent to federal 
prison because he dared defy the BATF? Remember the mari- 
juana activists who publicly planted hemp seeds in defiance of 
the law? Remember juror Laura Kriho who was hit with 
vengeful criminal charges after she voted her conscience in- 
stead of blindly following a judge's orders? 

Did you send any money to their defense funds? Did you 
volunteer labor to their cause? Did you write a letter to a 
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an organization pledged to help them? Did you distribute 
articles about their dilemma? 

If not, why not? 

If you're not willing to stand up for people who stand up 
for what they believe in, who's going to stand up for you 
when the time comes? 

You can't help everybody. There are too many injustices, 
and more being perpetrated all the time, but pick one or two 
gutsy individuals a year and give them the best you can. 

Whoever lays a hand on me to govern me is a usurper 
and a tyrant, and I declare him my enemy. 
— P.J. Proudhon 

58. Don't cooperate with the friendly census 

Here's a painless little way you can stand up for your own 
rights in defiance of the law. 

The Constitution allows the federal government to take a 
census every 10 years. The census has one lawful purpose, 
and one only — to determine how many people live in a given 
area so congressional districts can be divided up relatively 

So when that census form arrives in your mail, give the 
feds precisely the information they are legally entitled to: one, 
two, three, four or whatever number of people live in your 

Don't tell them your marital status, your race, the ages of 
your family members, the number of telephones or TV sets or 
commodes you have in your house — or anything else. It 
isn't their business, and they are exceeding their legal 
authority in asking. 

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Theoretically, there are penalties for refusing. Have you 
ever heard of anyone being prosecuted or fined for telling a 
census taker go to hell? 

Only once did the Census Bureau ever send a man to my 
door to request the remaining information. I told him no and 
told him why. The only consequence I experienced was that 
he thanked me for refusing him more politely than all the 
other refusers, then went away. 

If you're an anarchist, of course, you might just want to 
tear up the form altogether. Or lie. They won't know what to 
do if you tell them you're a Jewish Pacific islander of African 
descent living in a one bedroom house with six wives, three 
co-husbands, 300 television sets and a donkey. 

The smallest and most inoffensive state is still criminal 
in its dreams. 

— Michael Bakunin, Russian anarchist 

59. Know where your line in the sand is drawn 

What are the things that you will not tolerate? What is the 
point beyond which you will not be pushed? What is the 
injustice that will cause you to fling yourself into the claws of 
the fiercest adversary, ready to fight? 

On the other hand, what annoyances are not worth the 
energy to oppose them? 

Know these things. Avoid getting hyped up over things that 
really don't count. Take a deep breath and save your body 
and mind for the big stuff, but know what your personal "big 
stuff' is. 

Know where your line is drawn. Cast it in concrete. Then 
let the world know: This is the point past which no one dares 

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A different view: My friend Kevin, who read the first draft 
of this manuscript, said, "I completely disagree with this 


"Because my line in the sand is already drawn right in front 
of these shoes. When it comes to government stealing my 
rights, I won't tolerate anything more. That time is over." 

That's the way mild-tempered, middle class guys are 
feeling these days. Encouraging, isn't it? 

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable 
on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept 
alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better 
so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little 
rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the 

— Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams 

60. Buy and carry the Citizens' Rule Book 

This one's not for the anarchists among us, although 
"practical anarchists" — willing to take the long road through 
minarchism first — might find it useful. 

There's a little book you'll see in the pockets of members 
of the Patriot movement. It's called the Citizens' Rule Book 
and it contains the Declaration of Independence, Constitution 
and Bill of Rights, and information on the rights and 
responsibilities of jurors. 

It's a handy-dandy little reference. Could be useful in a 
discussion or if a cop stops you. ("Where's your concealed 
carry permit?" "Right here, officer. See? Amendment Article 
II." "May I look in the trunk of your car?" "No, sir. It says 
here in Amendment Article IV...") 

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These little books are inexpensive, and even more so when 
purchased in quantity. You can buy them from a number of 
sources including: 

Whitten Printers 
1001 S. 5 th Street 
Phoenix, Arizona 85004 
voice: (602) 258-6406 

There are a number of Web sites containing the book, as 
well. A good one is at 
But any search engine will quickly find others. 

If you are interested in constitutional issues including 
history, Supreme Court judgments, organizations, publica- 
tions, check out the Constitution Society's outstanding Web 
site at The page also contains 
leads to government sources, publishers, freedom-oriented 
publications and a wealth of other useful organizations and 

"/ have no defense. " 

"Do you — " the judge stumbled... "Do you throw 
yourself upon the mercy of this court?" 

"I do not recognize this court's right to try me. " 

"But Mr. Rearden, this is the legally appointed court 
to try this particular category of crime. " 

"I do not recognize my action as a crime. " 

"But you have admitted you have broken our 
regulations concerning the sale of your Metal. " 

"I do not recognize your right to control the sale of my 
Metal. " 

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"Is it necessary for me to point out that your 
recognition was not required?" 

"No. I am fully aware of it and I am acting 
accordingly. " 

... "Do you mean that you are refusing to obey the 
law? " asked the judge. 

"No, I am complying with the law — to the letter. Your 
law holds that my life, my work and my property may 
be disposed of without my consent. Very well, you may 
now dispose of me without my participation in the 
matter. I will not play the part of defending myself, 
where no defense is possible, and I will not simulate 
the illusion of dealing with a tribunal of justice. " 
— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged 

61. JoinFIJA 

FIJA is the Fully Informed Jury Association. It has one 
clear, simple, beautiful purpose: to tell jurors and prospective 
jurors what modern judges will not — that they have the right 
to judge the law as well as the facts. 

If you're on a jury and you think a law is stupid or unfair, 
you have every right to find the defendant not guilty on that 
basis. It's an ancient right, and it's one juries have often 
exercised by default anyway. (One reason prohibition ended 
was that juries were refusing to convict people who violated 
it. Today some juries are beginning to use it in tax cases and 
minor drug cases. Three juries used it in their refusals to 
convict Jack Kevorkian.) But judges — with no basis in law 
or tradition — usually tell jurors the exact opposite. 

U.S. law was never meant to be something imposed on 
citizens against their will. Neither was the Supreme Court 
ever given sole authority to decide if a law is right or wrong. 

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(They gave themselves that authority in Marbury v. Madison, 
an early 19th century case!) 

The people have the right to determine if laws are fair or 
unfair: Always have; Always will. FIJA volunteers give 
literature to jurors and trial-goers to remind them of that fact 
— even though they risk "jury tampering" charges to do so. 

F1JA deserves everyone's support. 

Fully Informed Jury Association 
P.O. Box 59 

Helmville, Montana 59843 
voice: 406-793-5550 
Web site: 

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet as to be purchased at 
the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty 
God! I know not what course others may take, but as 
for me, give me Liberty or give me death! 
— Patrick Henry 

62. Keep a record of your dreams 

When you're going through a time of change or having a 
hard time making an important decision, heed your dreams. 

No, I'm not going mystical or New Age here. Your dreams 
are simply your unconscious mind talking to you. That hidden 
layer of your self often hears, sees and understands things 
your busy, data-filled consciousness misses. 

Write your dreams down. It's in the act of writing that you 
can best grasp their meaning, and it's certainly in the writing 
that you'll recognize patterns over time. Even though any 
given dream may never make sense, in the long run, your 
sleeping mind can help you discover the inspiration and 

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knowledge you need to move ahead, make that decision, or 
get over that crisis. 

63. Consider sovereign citizenship 

Sovereigns declare their independence from the U.S. 
federal government and, in some cases, from state govern- 
ments as well. 

They make not merely an emotional or intellectual 
declaration, but a legal one. Sovereigns rescind their Social 
Security numbers, refuse to license vehicles with the state, 
will not accept state drivers licenses, do not pay certain taxes, 
and otherwise separate themselves from the government. 

Sovereignty is a very, very complex subject. Personally, 
although most sovereigns have their heart in the right place, 
many have gotten themselves (or others) into trouble. Also, 
sovereigns — attuned to detailed, legalistic wrangling — tend 
to jump on anyone who misrepresents their movement in the 
slightest way. I don't personally use or endorse these 

For those reasons, I'll let the sovereigns themselves tell you 
more about their philosophy and methods. Check them out 
via these and other sources: 

The Sovereign American's Handbook, by Johnny Liberty $38 

postpaid from 

CRC Order Fulfillment 

P.O. Box 485 

Odell, Oregon 97044 

Voice and fax: 1-800-299-4497 


web site: 


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Sovereign Rights Forum 


Web site: 

Note: Some sovereigns reject both zip codes and two-letter 
state postal codes. 

Here's an introductory essay on sovereignty from Scott 
Eric Rosenstiel, who's quite noted in this area: 

You can also participate in the alt. society. sovereign 
Internet news group, or subscribe to a patriot's discussion 
group by sending e-mail to and typing 
the words "subscribe patriots" in the body of your message. 

One caution: There are a number of organizations "selling" 
packaged sovereignty services for fees in the $5,000 range 
and up. They claim they'll do all the paperwork and run 
interference with the government for you. When you ask 
precisely what services they provide, and with what 
guarantees, they get huffy, as if you've just asked the Queen 
of England if her hemorrhoids are bothering her today. This 
"how dare you question me" attitude is typical of scam artists 
(and, for that matter, government employees — Or am I 
being redundant?). Be careful! There are many sincere and 
successful sovereigns, but the movement tends to attract true 
believers, and thus has its share of both frauds and fools. If 
anyone demands more information from you than they're 
willing to give about themselves you can be certain they're 
either scammers or government agents. 

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The ultimate consequence of protecting men from the 
results of their own folly is to fill the world with fools. 

— Herbert Spencer 

64. Get your records to safety 

When preparing for disasters, one thing we often forget is 
to take care of our paperwork — auto titles, deeds, passports, 
birth certificates, insurance papers and that sort of thing. 

Putting it all in a safe deposit box is okay most of the time; 
a bank vault is better at surviving fire, flood, earthquake and 
attempted theft than your dresser drawer. But putting your 
passport in there could cause problems; what if you have to 
make an emergency trip out of the country on a Sunday? 

And putting anything there will be a problem if the police 
are after you; they can seize your safe deposit box in a 

You might consider putting documents underground. 
Unlike guns, you could even stash them on your own 
property. A plastic tube filled with papers is less detectable 
than one with metal. (But in that case, use some of the same 
protections against moisture you used with your weapons. 
See Bury gold, guns and goodies, No. 97). 

Other methods of hiding are detailed in How to Hide 
Anything, by Michael Connor, The Big Book of Secret Hiding 
Places, by Jack Luger, and How to Hide Things In Public 
Places, by Dennis Fiery, all available from Loompanics. Just 
be sure the method you choose protects against fire and 
natural disaster, as well as freelance or government theft. 
Keep in mind both increasingly sophisticated snooping 
technologies, like infrared sensors and miniature fiber-optic 
cameras, and the growing likelihood of property seizure. 

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In some urban areas, companies offer private safe deposit 
boxes you can rent with more confidentiality than a box at 
the bank. Pay the rent in cash, and preferably under another 

Don 't forget your Rolodex! 

Whatever else you do, don't forget this: your address book, 
Rolodex or address database is right up there with the most 
valuable records you own. If you're thrown off your property, 
or if everything you own is snatched, how else will you 
contact people who can help? 

You should always keep a current copy of your address list 
safely hidden. If it contains names of people the police might 
harass — like members of your militia group, your 
customers, or your suppliers of recreational substances — for 
God's sake encrypt it or otherwise make sure the goons 
won't be able to read it if it falls into their hands. 

65. Watch your local government 

The mayors of two little towns near me both refer to 
federal and state grants as "free money" and brag about using 
it to put up statues and landscape Main Street. 

I was at a city council meeting where one member resigned 
and, by pre-arrangement among the cronies, the mayor had a 
friend right there, ready to appoint in his place, without any 
nominations or public hearings as the law required. 

Washington, DC isn't the only place in the universe where 
corrupt, pork barreling politicians hold sway. It's a character- 
istic of the breed. These people start with the assumption that 
they're entitled to run your life, that taxes are good, that 
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might just get named after them. Then their behavior goes 
downhill from there. 

In fact, these guys often get away with worse corruption 
and spending than the people in Washington. They aren't 
watched as closely. 

So watch them. Get together with a group of citizens and 
make sure one of you always attends every city council, 
county commission, school board and zoning commission 
meeting. Ask questions. Look up laws and ordinances. Call 
the local newspaper editor's attention to dubious doings. 
Howl like a banshee. Make their lives living hell. They may 
still get away with corruption, but not without having to blast 
through your wall of opposition. 

Join or forge alliances with other local groups that fight 
this sort of thing, too. 

You can fight city hall. It's more gratifying than fighting 
Washington, because despite the old saying, you have a 
better chance of winning at this level. 

How does it become a man to behave toward this 
American government today? I answer, that he cannot 
without disgrace be associated with it. 
— Henry David Thoreau 

66. Don't let your possessions imprison you 

Your belongings can imprison you in a lot of ways. 

One, buying nice cars, stereos, spas, boats, houses and 
such can keep you in permanent debt bondage, so you never 
have the freedom to quit your job, take more time for 
yourself, relax and tell society to go to hell. 

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Two, you can get hung up on owning things for the sake of 
things. I mean, on the day you die, is it going to make any 
difference whether you owned a Lexus or a Geo? Whether 
your CD player had a sixty disk changer or a six disk 

Three, you can get so attached to them that, if they're 
stolen or destroyed in a fire, you suffer more than you should. 

Four, they can literally imprison you if a crooked police 
agency, drooling with desire for property seizure, covets 
what you own enough to trump up evidence of a crime. 

At the very least, keep your expensive goodies hidden from 
the world. Never brag and flaunt 'em. 

Better yet, consider dumping them. Or pay off the ones you 
have and don't tempt yourself with more. There are better 
things in life than owning a jet boat or a three-carat diamond 
ring. Not just more important things — but literally things 
you'll like better once you get in the habit. 

67. Cultivate cheap tastes 

Here are some of those things you might ultimately find 
more satisfying than devoting your life to expensive toys: 

Long evenings of sensuousness with your partner. 

Wading in a lake or the ocean. 

Tubing on a river. 

Playing cards. 


An evening of great conversation with friends. 

Attending a free concert in a park. 

Playing games with your kids. 

Walking the dog. 

Picnicking in a lonely meadow. 

Learning a survival skill. 

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Writing a book. 

Baking bread. 

Making your own clothes. 

Attending free lectures at the library. 

Shooting your .22 at cans in the local quarry. 

Joining a softball league. 

Learning embroidery or woodworking. 

Building your own house out of scrounged materials. 

Planting a veggie garden. 

Collecting wild flowers. 

Reading with your kids. 

Giving and getting massages from your partner. 

Hosting pot-luck dinners. 


Shopping at flea markets. 

Selling at flea markets. 

Raising chickens. 

Starting a home business. 

Playing basketball with neighbors in your driveway. 

Drawing or painting. 

Attending political gatherings. 

Helping a friend restore an old car. (But your friend pays 

the bills!) 

Rebuilding and selling antique furniture or radios. 

Sitting on your front porch or deck on a summer evening. 

Building a raft. 

Playing chess. 

Running a 10k race. 

Going for a swim. 

A thousand more things you can think of. 

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It doesn't take money to have fun and someday you may 
need to have fiin without money. Best to start now. 

If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquillity 
of servitude greater than the animating contest of 
freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your 
counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the 
hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon 
you; and may posterity forget that you were our 

— Samuel Adams, American Revolutionary 

68. Close your bank accounts 

Did you know that, under the Clinton Terrorism law, your 
banker is authorized to freeze your accounts and report you 
to the feds if they suspect you of "terrorism"? 

They don't have to have a warrant. Not even any legal 
evidence. If you've done something as innocuous as writing a 
check to an organization your banker thinks is suspicious, 

Your bank is not only authorized to do it; they're 
encouraged. Banks that fail to guess when customers are 
using their accounts for "terrorism" can get clobbered with 
fines and prosecution. 

This is just one of a long line of abuses which, since the 
1970s, has converted your banker into a federal informant. A 
relationship that ought to be as confidential as the one 
between you and your lawyer or priest is now nothing but a 
trap. You supply the information on yourself and your banker 
gives it to the feds. The statement they send to the IRS every 
year on each of your interest-bearing accounts is violation 
enough, but it's getting way worse than that. 

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If possible, close all U.S. bank accounts. How to cope 
after that? Ask if your employer or clients will pay in 
cash. If not, cash your paychecks at your employer's 
bank, a local Western Union office or other private 
check-cashing service; fees are high at these private 
businesses (2V2 to 3 percent of the check), but the 
businesses do less finking than your bank. 1 Use cash or 
money orders for most purchases. 

If you absolutely must have a U.S. bank account, open a 
non-interest-bearing checking account and refuse to give 
your Social Security number. The bank cannot legally 
refuse you. (Only when there's interest involved can they 
demand your Social Security number.) Non-interest- 
bearing accounts do not have to be reported to the IRS. 
Even if you keep a bank account, don't write checks to 
political organizations or other controversial groups. 
Don't write checks for any incriminating or politically 
incorrect pleasures. Withdraw the money, take it to the 
post office or Western Union and purchase a money 
order. These money orders are anonymous until you write 
your name on them and no one but you and the recipient 
have a record. Banks sell money orders, too, but theirs 
are usually more expensive, and they generally ask for the 
recipient's name and keep both your name and the 
recipient's in their records. 

Consider opening a foreign savings account and getting 
an offshore debit card. (See Cover your assets, No. 35.) 

Be careful, though. The IRS has begun checking these places for possible use 
by those nasty old tax resisters. You can avoid some of the risk by using several 
services, perhaps in different towns, adopting two or more identities (documents 
required), and discreetly questioning the business about its policies and its 
contacts with the government. Do what I would do; call, tell them you're a 
writer researching a book on privacy, and ask your questions. 

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Once people think you're bad, you might as well be 
bad. It's more fun than being good. 
— Sue Grafton, writer 

69. Create a fake plot or organization 

In one city that shall remain nameless, local libertarians 
have created the Real People's Liberation Front (RPLF, 
melodiously pronounced "Ripple-fuh"). Ripple-fuh' s 
"leader," Subcommandante Patrick Henry, and his lieutenant, 
Dagny Taggart, issue communiques declaring April 15 to be 
April Fools' Day and coronate their friends King of the 
County (on the theory that local government isn't representa- 
tive anyway, so why pretend?). 

After a period of ignoring the group's initial news releases, 
the press got into the spirit and began printing the subcom- 
mandante's pronouncements. One newspaper even arranged a 
"secret" interview with "Patrick Henry," complete with face- 
masked photo of the Glorious Leader. 

Ripple-fuh is all in good fun — a palatable way of poking 
fun at bureaucratic pomposity and bringing government down 
to its proper level. 

All it takes to create a group like this is one person, a word 
processor, a fax machine, a little flair for PR, and a sense of 
humor. No harm to anything except a few politicians' egos. 

If you want it, here's a nice name for your group, courtesy 
of my friend, Charles Curley: The Society for Creative 
Anarchism. Have fun. 

But seriously. . . 

You could use the same tools to create a much more 
serious fake organization — a "clandestine, underground" 
group that gives the impression of real menace. If you go this 
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threaten anybody, don't plant even fake explosives, don't 
actually be menacing in any way, shape or form. The penalties 
would absolutely not be worth it, if you got caught. Anyway, 
the object here is not to foment a revolution or stir hate; it's 
merely to send paranoid officials on a wild goose chase and 
watch the media make a fool of itself. 

To accomplish this, you can send mysterious messages to 
officials (thinly coded, easily decipherable, but ultimately 
saying nothing that makes sense), tag buildings with symbols 
of your "group," issue manifestos, claim growing member- 
ship, send letters to the editor or news releases bragging of 
non-existent accomplishments, spread vague rumors about 
the doings of some powerful new group (like mass 
paramilitary training exercises in the woods just outside of 
town), and otherwise scare the pants off the already paranoid 

In the rumor department, get a few trusted friends to help 
you. Make sure the rumor is always something the person 
"knows" is true because his next door neighbor's cousin had 
a friend who was there. 

If government and media people are ready to imagine 
"right-wing terrorists" under every rock, give them evidence 
to prove it. Then sit back and enjoy their foolishness. 

Whether humorous or scary, it's easiest if your "group" 
operates locally, not nationally. However, if you create a 
really scary one, you might get national attention. Then, 
provided you haven't done anything illegal, you can get a big 
laugh by letting the hysteria build, then revealing the whole 
thing was a hoax, kind of like those two guys did in Britain a 
few years back when they announced they'd created those 
"mysterious, supernatural" crop circles all by themselves, as a 

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There's also the potential fun of having three friends in 
three cities with three fax machines joining in... or five or 
ten... provided you measure the risk of one of them blowing 
your cover before you're ready. 

Note: To keep faxes from pointing right at you, you must 
do one or more things. First, you can fax from a public place. 
Second, you can fax from your home or office, if you take the 
following precautions: 1) Make sure your line has caller-ID 
blocking; 2) Do not fax to any 1-800 number (caller-ID 
blocking doesn't work with them.); and 3) remove or falsify 
the identifying number your machine automatically sends. 
You can do that easily by typing in a new setting. The manual 
that came with your fax tells how. Doesn't it just figure, 
removing this number is a federal crime — so of course no 
one is recommending that you do it. But among the eleven 
million pages of federal crimes, this one is right up there in 
order of seriousness with failing to answer the census. Oh, 
they could get you for it; that's what most federal law is for 
— not curtailing evildoers, but giving feds a hook to control 
you and me. However, if that's all you're guilty of, they'd 
look pretty silly prosecuting you. 

A regulation can be for a fool to obey and a wise man 
to break. 
-Sir Hugh Trenchard, Founder of the Royal Air Force 

70. Create a real organization 

If it takes only one person and a fax machine to create a 
fake organization, how many people do you think it takes to 
create a real one? 

How many left-wing organizations, widely quoted and 
taken extremely seriously by the media, are not much more 

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than one or two people with a good sense of PR and the 
sympathies of the press? 

It's harder to be taken seriously if you are libertarian or 
right-wing, but not impossible if you are persistent and 
professional in your approach, or if you live in an area small 
enough for the media to be desperate for stories. Here are 
some tips: 

• Choose a good, memorable, believable name. 

• Design a professional-looking letterhead. Anybody can do 
it these days with a simple desktop publishing program. 
Print letterhead, envelopes and business cards on decent 
quality stock. 

• If possible, get a few prominent people to agree to be on 
your "board of directors," then print their names in a 
column on the side of the stationery. This precise fraud is 
committed by virtually every charitable or political 
organization in the country. You don't really think those 
lists of VIPs actually participate in the organizations, do 
you? No, they're just prostituting their names. 

• Pick a cause and stick to it. Don't get side-tracked. This 
is the way to create an identity for the media. Remember, 
they're lazy and not always that bright, so you need to 
make yourself stand out in their minds. Then, when 
they've got to do a story on X they'll say, "Oh, I'll just 
call Jo Blow for a quote." 

• Send frequent, brief news releases, either announcing 
news of your own or commenting on current issues 
pertinent to your cause. Strive for a professional tone; 
never rant; use facts and good quotes when possible. 
Never send a news release unless you have something the 
media could construe as real news or factual information. 
They'll tune them out if you bombard them with nothing 
but fluff and opinion. 

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• Be your own spokesperson, or enlist an articulate friend. 

• Avoid damning the media. You need them even when 
you hate them. But do feel free to request retractions if 
they get facts wrong, and lobby to be allowed to present 
guest editorials on your group's behalf. 

• If possible, offer yourself or a member as an on-call 
expert on whatever issue you're focusing on. It's best if 
you actually are an expert, but as long as you can make a 
statement sound good, expertise doesn't always matter. 

• Avoid answering questions about the size of your mem- 
bership. When necessary, lie. But you'd be surprised how 
often such questions don't come up. 

71. Join the tax protesters on April 15 

I'm not talking about tax resistance, here. That's a different 
subject. I'm talking about showing up at your local post 
office on the late afternoon and evening of tax day to greet 
the late filers and get some media attention. 

Many local Libertarian Party chapters have been doing this 
for years. You can join them or put together your own 

The important thing is to have fun and let the weary 
taxpayers know you're on their side. Don't take yourself too 
seriously. Don't make the people feel worse than they already 
do. Don't use it as an opportunity to present heavy 
philosophical issues. Just be there, presenting your message in 
a colorful, lovable way. You'll gain brownie points for it and 
be remembered fondly. 
Some surefire ideas: 

• Wave "Honk if You Hate Taxes" signs. 

• Have someone dress up as the president and thank people 
for their generous contributions as they drive up to the 

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boxes. President and first lady masks should be available 
at any costume rental store. 

• Hand out "million-dollar bills." These are available from 
the national Libertarian Party (address given in If you 
must vote (part I).... No. 90). They remind people the 
federal government spends that much money every five 

• Have someone dress up as Paul Revere or Patrick Henry. 

• Have a young lady dress down as Lady Godiva (whose 
famous ride was a tax protest). Put her on a real or fake 
horse, wearing a bikini or flesh-colored body stocking. 

You'll need to check local regulations before you go out. 
Your city might require a permit for a demonstration. You 
can hand out literature, but never force it on anyone or 
impede the flow of traffic to the mailboxes. 

Be sure to let the post office know you're coming. This is, 
first of all, a courtesy. But it might also give you a chance to 
prevent officials from causing problems. They frequently tell 
protesters they're forbidden to petition on government 
property. It's nonsense, but you may need to show them a 
copy of the law, or even get your state attorney general to 
intercede before they'll back down. That takes time. 

And don't forget to notify the media! Even when they 
don't like your political position, they lo-o-o-o-ve this kind of 
colorful event. 

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America was neither founded, nor freed, by the well 

— An audience member on a Seattle TV talk 
show, discussing drug legalization 

72. Learn Dumpster diving 

What a disgusting idea, crawling around in other people's 
garbage in search of food and other useable (or salable) 
goodies, but what a useful skill if you want to live cheaply. . . 
if the country goes into depression... if you're on the run 
with no money... if the government's taken everything you 

Hey, you can even use it to curry favor with your 
environmentalist friends. After all, you're making the ultimate 
personal commitment to recycling! 

To learn the best tools and techniques, times and places, 
and even how to handle run-ins with the Dumpster police, 
check out The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving by John 
Hoffman (Loompanics Unlimited, 1993). 

73. Get healthy! 

"Oh God," you groan. "Every health fascist in the universe 
rags on me to eat my vegetables, lighten up on the Big Macs 
and stomp on a stair-stepper. Now I'm even getting that 
lecture in a book about preparing for revolution. " 

Yes. You are. 

74. Learn to disappear in a crowd 

Here's something fun to try that could also save your life. 
Practice invisibility. That is, practice being in various kinds of 
crowds and public settings and blending in so perfectly that 
no one really sees you. 

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Try being the perfect fan at a football game, even if you 
detest the sport. Try being the tweedy professor on a college 
campus, even if you didn't make it past high school. Be the 
tired mother at the grocery store, the sharp reporter at the 
crime scene, the business executive at the airport, the street 
person in the plaza. 

Pick somebody, pick a type of somebody. Then become 

This is not so much a matter of disguise as a matter of 
grooming, walk, facial expression, dress, objects you carry, 
tone of voice, word choice and so on. You'll also find, as you 
observe, that it's a matter of learning to think and feel like the 
people you're imitating. 

This valuable skill could help you "hide in plain sight" 
someday, to perform an act of freedom fighting or hide from 
police. In addition to that, though, you'll discover that your 
increased powers of observation will help you understand 
people better and predict their actions and reactions. That 
could help you if you ever had to persuade or deceive some- 
one to save your life. 

If you are especially tall or fat, if you have distinctive 
coloring, gorgeous hair, a funny goatee, a bad scar or some- 
thing else that, by itself, makes you stand out in a crowd, this 
is more of a challenge, of course. But even if you're not a 
candidate for really "disappearing," it's still a good skill to 
learn and a fun game to play. 

There are some books on this one, too. Try: Disguise 
Techniques: Fool All of the People Some of the Time, by 
Edmond A. Maclnaugh, or for one that focuses more heavily 
on disguise than on acting: Methods of Disguise, by John 
Sample. The latter is available from Loompanics. 

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Men who borrow their opinions can never repay their 

— George Savile, Marquis of Halifax 

75. Find a balance point in dealing with people 

To live among your fellow humans, it helps to understand 
what they feel and how they think. This requires sensitive 
antennae and years of trial and error, but that sensitivity 
enables us to get along with our neighbors, co-workers and 
family members without constantly tromping on their feelings 
and creating chaos. 

Unfortunately, the very sensitivity that is a valuable survival 
skill also gets in the way of our independent thinking and 
action. We're reluctant to advocate drug legalization or 
anarchism because we don't want people to dismiss us as 
wingnuts. We give our Social Security number because we 
don't want to get "that look" from a clerk or bureaucrat. We 
keep our mouths shut in the face of injustice because we 
don't want a reputation as a troublemaker. We "go along to 
get along" in the workplace because we don't want someone 
saying, "He's not a team player." 

We need to find a balance between caring what other 
people feel and preserving our own feelings, thoughts, rights 
and lives. It's easy in theory, but a bitch in practice. 

Spend some time considering when it's better to give in for 
the sake of living with others and when it's better to take a 
stand to live with yourself. 

So it was "freedom " as defined by Orwell and Kafka, 
"freedom" as granted by Stalin and Hitler, the 
"freedom" to pace back and forth in your cage. 

— Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks 
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76. Follow your bliss 

You hold back from doing what you really want because 
the ghost voices of parents and past teachers nag in your 
head, "It's foolish, boy," "It's impractical, girl." 

You "know" you couldn't make a living as an artist, 
hitchhike around the world, build a better mousetrap, live off 
the land, build a cabin in the woods, invent cold fusion, write 
the Great American Novel, raise sheep for a living, move to a 
mountaintop, be self-employed, live in a hamlet in Vermont, 
join a monastery, lead an insurgency movement or build 
wooden clocks for a living. 

But you only "know" because other people told you so. 

Whose life is it, anyway? Does it belong to you, or to the 
ghost of your third-grade teacher? 

What's the worst that can happen to you if you follow your 
inner voice on what someone else believes is an impractical 
course? You could die? So what? You're going to die 
anyway. You could fail, be laughed at and have to listen to "I 
told you so"? 

Well, I agree that's worse than dying, but the proper 
answer is a steady gaze right in the eye and a firm, proud, "At 
least / tried." 

More important, what's the best thing that can happen? 
Freedom? Fun? Wealth? Happiness? Fame? Satisfaction? A 
sense of contentment at the end of the day? 

Isn't it worth going for? 

Now, having said that, prepare yourself as best you can 
before you take the leap. Do your best to make sure you've 
built the necessary skills, have the needed resources, and are 
going at it with the right attitude. 

Follow your bliss — but don't leave your brain behind. 

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"But look, " said Ponder, "The graveyards are full of 
people who rushed in bravely but unwisely. " 

"Ook. " [said the orangutan] 

"What'd he say?" said the Bursar... 

"I think he said, 'Sooner or later the graveyards are 
full of everybody,'" said Ponder. "Oh blast. Come 

— Terry Pratchett, Lords & Ladies 

A special section on preparedness 

In the aftermath of the latest Florida hurricane, the media 
blitzed us with images of desperate parents who didn 't even 
have milk or uncontaminated water to give their babies. 

This was supposed to reduce us to paroxysms of pity. 

A more responsible reaction was: What kind of criminally 
uncaring mother or father would deliberately put a baby at 
such risk? 

These hurricane survivors weren't victims whose homes 
and possessions had been destroyed. They were simply 
people who didn't bother to keep a few days supply of life's 
necessities around the house. They knew they lived at risk of 
hurricanes. They knew Andrew was coming. They knew their 
children had to have food and water, but they figured 
someone else would take care of them. 

Something as simple as a few days interruption in the 
normal supply line left their children 's lives in danger. 

You wouldn't be so foolish, would you? 

Every adult should be prepared to take care of him or 
herself through a time of crisis. Every parent should be 
prepared to take care of children. 

Yours could be a short-term crisis, like a flood or 
hurricane, or a long-term crisis, such as a war, depression, 

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sustained unemployment, major illness or social collapse. If 
you claim to believe in independence, it's up to you to be as 
prepared as possible to survive whatever nature, life and the 
government throw at you. 

Naturally, it's daunting. Unless you're wealthy and/or 
obsessed, it's nearly impossible to lay in all possible supplies 
you might need to sustain you through hardship, let alone 
develop every possible survival skill. Even if all you do is put 
$5.00 per week and a few hours thought toward emergency 
food and keep a few how-to books on your shelves, you 're 
better off than if you do nothing at all. 

A preparedness plan has many parts. For purposes of this 
book, I've broken the basic plan into eight major areas, with 
a few extras to follow. The basics are: 

Your grab & go kit 





Other equipment 



77. Your three-day grab & go kit 

The Red Cross says that, in event of disaster, you should be 
prepared to care for yourself and your family for three full 
days. That's how long it takes, on average, before emergency 
personnel and supplies are readily available. Keep in mind 
that is an average. You could face an even longer wait. 

You might also have to hit the road in a hurry for a variety 
of other reasons. In that case, your three-day kit could sustain 
you until you reached your hidden stash or a place of safety. 

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Keep in a duffel bag or backpack, either in a vehicle or near 
a door of your house: 

• Enough food for 72 hours. This should be something that 
requires no cooking or preparation. Granola bars or high- 
energy food bars will do. Military MREs (meals-ready-to- 
eat) are better, though a lot more expensive. 

• A 72-hour water supply. For a grab-and-go kit, you can 
buy foil packets of water from survival goods stores, 
which are very portable, though rather expensive. 

• Lightweight blankets. (Survival stores carry mylar "space 
blankets," which can be helpful in some circumstances — 
like when you need to be visible to searchers — but they 
aren't a good substitute for woven blankets.) 

• Toilet paper. 

• Waterproof matches (or other firestarters), candles and/or 
a lantern. 

• A first-aid kit. 

• Other items you can't live without. 

You should have a kit for each member of your family. 
Keep it handy, and if you're forced to run from your house, it 
might keep you alive until help comes. 

78. Building your emergency water supply 

The next part of your preparedness plan is easy, cheap, and 
takes almost no effort. All you need to do is set aside enough 
water to take care of your drinking and sanitation needs 
during any emergency in which you might remain at home. 

The minimum supply is three days. A better supply is ten. 
Better yet, a month. If you're planning to endure a state of 
siege or a major ecological disaster, you might want to 
prepare for several months. 

For basic preparedness, here's all you have to do: 

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• Figure one gallon per person per day for drinking and 
hygiene, two gallons if you plan to be cooking with water 
or re-hydrating dried foods. 

• Start saving one-gallon milk jugs. As you empty each one, 
wash it thoroughly, fill it with clean tap water, add a 
single drop of bleach (Unscented, please! Some additives 
can kill you.), write the date on the jug, and put it away. 
In a few weeks, you'll have a basic supply for your family. 

• If you haven't used the water within a year, empty each 
jug and fill it with fresh. 

You can also buy plastic 55-gallon water drums or five- 
gallon plastic containers, build an underground tank, or use 
the water from your waterbed (depending on whether or not 
you've put toxic chemicals in it). If your area has sufficient 
rain water, you can catch runoff from your roof in a barrel. 
Keep a lid on the barrel, and funnel water in through a 
downspout. In any case, be sure to add a little bleach to the 

Warning: Keep a supply of water on hand even if you have 
a plentiful natural water supply nearby. An earthquake could 
shut off the flow from your spring. An electrical outage could 
leave you unable to pump from your well. After a flood, 
forest fire, bombing, storm or ecological catastrophe, 
contamination — from rotting bodies to landfill wastes to 
radiation — could make water from rivers and lakes 
undrinkable. (In fact, most already is undrinkable, due to 
giardia and other pollutants.) 

If you plan to use such a supply, you should purchase a 
water filtration system from one of the suppliers listed in 
Some places to find all of the above, No. 83. These are 
usually expensive and rely on replaceable filters that can run 
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water-borne bug. You can also purchase various water 
purification tablets or simply boil all drinking water. 

The man who produces while others dispose of his 
product is a slave. 
— Ayn Rand 

79. Building your emergency food supply 

Without a doubt, food is the most expensive part of this 
proposition, especially if you have a family. But if you start 
slowly, and build steadily you can do it. It might help to 
gradually build a food plan around three lines of defense: 

• The one-month basic supply 

• The three- to six-month backup supply 

• The long-term survival supply 

You can build these up in stages, buying what you can afford 
at the time. 

The one-month basic supply 

This one's pretty easy because it consists of the ordinary 
canned and packaged foods you eat every day. You can build 
this supply simply by adding a few extra items to your weekly 
grocery list. 

The basic component of your 30-day supply should be 
items that last a long time with no special storage methods, 
require little preparation and may, if necessary, be eaten 
straight out of the can or box. Next, you want items that can 
be quickly prepared by adding water or a few other basic 
ingredients. In that case, your supply might look something 
like this: 

• Canned beans 

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Canned chili 

Canned fruits 

Canned vegetables 

Packaged dry soups 

Boxed macaroni and cheese 

Boxed instant potatoes 

Non-fat dry milk 

Margarine or butter (if you have a means of keeping them 

cool; if not, powdered versions of these are available from 

survival stores) 

Pancake mix 

Dried fruit 

Salt, pepper and other spices you commonly use 

Spaghetti noodles 

Jars of prepared spaghetti sauce 

Egg noodles 

Canned tuna 

Canned chicken 




Chips and other snack foods 

Honey or sugar 

Always buy foods you regularly eat, and keep them 
rotating with your everyday items. Canned foods do not make 
good long-term storage items, since they are good only for a 
year or two (at most). 

To the above list, add any of your own favorites and delete 
anything you don't like. To satisfy fresh food cravings, you 
can also add long-lasting fresh fruits and vegetables to this list 
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rotating supply of. In that case, consider apples, oranges, 
grapefruit, carrots and potatoes. 

If you have your own veggie garden, bee hives, goats, 
cattle or chickens, all the better. If you're equipped for 
preserving your own foods in a root cellar, by dehydration, or 
canning, you're really in great shape for a month or much, 
much more. 

The three- to six-month backup supply 

This is where you begin bringing in specially prepared and 
packed "survival foods," available by mail order from the 
stores listed below. These foods are dehydrated or freeze- 
dried, and packed in #10 or #2'/2 cans for long-term storage. 

They will last anywhere from five years to forever, 
depending on the item. (Powdered milk or butter, for 
instance, will have a relatively short life; grains and pasta are 
far more durable. Manufacturers provide charts showing 
she If- lives, but these can't always be believed. I suggest you 
compare shelf-lives of several brands and use the most 
conservative figures as your guide.) 

The foods packaged this way range from things that require 
a lot of preparation and mixing with other ingredients (like 
cheese powder, dried mushrooms or powdered margarine), to 
items you can munch right out of the can (like dried apples or 
pilot bread), to fancy, pre-prepared dinners (like the yummy 
Leonardo da Fettucini and vegetarian Mountain Chili sold by 
Alpine Aire). 

You can buy these items by the can, by the case, or in a 
variety of kits designed' for long-term use (one-month basic 
supply, three-month basic supply, one-year basic supply, one- 
year deluxe supply, six month supply with meat, etc.). 

Most kits aren't a good buy. They tend to contain items 
that won't fit into your personal eating habits. The affordable 

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ones contain things that aren't always even identifiable. 
(Someday, I intend to ask one of these marketers just what 
the heck "fruit galaxy" is; whatever it may be, it's in every 
budget-priced survival food supply on the planet.) The 
affordable ones might also lull you into a false sense of 
security; some "year's supplies" would give you only about 
900 calories a day over that period, slowly starving you to 

The really great kits, with 2,000+ calories a day and a 
variety of delicious items, tend to run to mega bucks. Better 
to build your own supply over time. 

In addition to these packaged foods, you can also lay in a 
supply of military MREs. Created for the U.S. armed forces, 
and packed in handy pouches, these are available either as 
entrees or as full meals. They're not bad. Except for a slight 
metallic taste, some are delicious. They're a bit on the 
expensive side (perhaps $1.20+ for an entree and $3.00+ for 
a meal, as of this writing), but you might store some to use as 
a treat or when you don't feel like preparing your dried 

Your home canned and stored items can also help you get 
through a few months of deprivation. Just remember, though, 
they lose their nutritional value after a year or two and are 
not suitable for long-term storage. 

The long-term survival supply 

A true long-term supply will contain a little of all of the 
above. You definitely want variety, not monotony. If you're 
facing a long period of economic hardship — like that caused 
by a sustained illness, unemployment or nationwide 
depression — you'll want to add a final layer of very 
fundamental, durable foods to your storage plan. 

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These items are nitrogen-packed in five- or six-gallon 
buckets for very long storage. They include such very basic 
basics as: 

Wheat (hard red winter wheat is best) 



Split peas 

Corn kernels 




And other durable, unprocessed items 

Some of these require special equipment to prepare. 
Wheat, for instance, isn't much use without a grinder to 
produce flour or cracked grain cereal, but buckets of staples 
are reasonably priced. A 45-pounder can run as little as $18, 
depending on the item. The most expensive, honey, might run 
you $60 a bucket. 

Though I consider these for long-term storage, they can 
also make a cheap addition to your everyday food supply. For 
instance, if you eat a lot of oatmeal, make tons of pea soup, 
or love homemade bread from the freshest whole-wheat flour, 
these big buckets could be just the thing. 

80. Building your medical kit 

At an absolute minimum you need: 

• A first-aid kit large and varied enough to meet the needs 
of your household. You might need to add extras, 
depending on your particular risks — e.g., a snakebite kit, 
blankets for treating hypothermia, etc. 

• A good supply of any medications you require to stay 
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keep this stash in a cool, dark, dry place and rotate in new 
supplies, since drugs deteriorate over time. 

• Backup medications such as antibiotics, anti-diarrhea and 
anti-nausea medicines, pain killers and others you might 
need while cut off from your regular medical suppliers. 

• Some good books on diagnosis and treatment. Try to 
include a Red Cross first aid book, the Merck Manual and 
the Physicians' Desk Reference. If you are into alter- 
native medicine or might need to doctor yourself without 
"civilized" medical supplies, try Bradford Angier's How 
to Be Your Own Wilderness Doctor and similar titles. 

This country was founded by religious nuts with guns. 
— P.J. O'Rourke 

81. Your survival-weapons supply 

In a short-term emergency, you might need firearms to 
protect yourself, family, home or business. Who can forget 
the footage of Korean shopkeepers in Los Angeles saving 
their businesses from the depredations of rioters after the first 
Rodney King verdict? 

In a long-term emergency, you may need to hunt to 
survive, and you may still need to defend your home against 
gangs of marauders better prepared and better armed than the 
L.A. rioters. 

When it comes to recommending firearms and other 
weapons, you can be sure of only one thing: gun people are 
opinionated. Any firearms devotee is bound to disagree with 
at least one of the suggested weapons on my list. Some will 
disagree with the entire list. A few will not only disagree with 
the entire list, but insist I'm a complete idiot, from a long line 
of complete idiots who shouldn't be allowed out in public 

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without a label on my forehead warning that I could be 
hazardous to your health. 

There are thousands of weapons to choose from. There are 
millions of individual tastes and lifestyles, and the very subject 
of guns provokes a kind of religious fervor among some 
people, causing them to believe their choices are the only 
possible choices. 

With that in mind, I will tell you that the following list is 
nothing more than my personal opinion, based on my research 
and what I perceive to be a typical need. It is a place for you 
to begin if you haven't already studied the subject on your 
own. It is, furthermore, the list of a person who: 

• Recommends mid-priced weapons over both cheap junk 
and "Mercedes" guns; 

• Thinks that, for most purposes, weapons should come out 
of the box ready for use without expensive customization; 

• Does not hunt for pleasure; 

• And considers guns to be useful tools, not a hobby or a 

You should, of course, never buy any weapon solely on 
anyone else's recommendation. Think about your own needs, 
then examine a variety of weapons that might be suitable. 
Rent some handguns from your local shooting range or bor- 
row handguns, rifles and shotguns from friendly gun owners. 
Try them out. See how they feel, and how you feel about 
them. (Before you do anything else, learn safe handling 
techniques, please!) 

Now, having said that, here's my idea of a decent survival 
weapons supply. If I had a very limited budget, I'd begin with 
the following: 

1. A short-barreled, pump-action or semi-automatic, full 
cylinder bore shotgun for home defense. The Mossberg 

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Model 500, Winchester Defender and Remington 870 are 
the classics. Contrary to popular belief, in a room-sized 
area, shot won't spread out enough to keep you from 
having to aim. But unlike a bullet from a pistol or rifle, 
shot isn't likely to go through a wall and kill a neighbor or 
other innocent bystander. 

2. A multi-purpose rifle to protect against both four-legged 
and two-legged varmints at greater ranges. My choice 
would be the Ruger Mini- 14 in .223 cal, or the Ruger 
Mini-30 in 7.62 x 39 mm. On a budget, I'd go for a 
Chinese or Russian SKS in 7.62 x 39, but these aren't as 
well made and don't have the range of the Rugers. 
Though it's illegal in many places, you could also take 
deer with these calibers if you had to. 

3. A handgun for self-defense. I'd choose a .45 semi- 
automatic like the classic Colt 1911 (now copied by 
dozens of manufacturers) or the Glock 21. You'll have to 
have fairly large hands to grip the latter, but it's a reliable, 
easy-to-use weapon that can take all kinds of abuse. 
Other semi-auto calibers I'd consider: 10mm, .40 Smith 
& Wesson and 9mm. If you like revolvers, look at .357 
magnum or .45 long Colt. Nothing smaller, please! Don't 
go out and get a .25 or a .32 because you're inexperi- 
enced, have small hands or are afraid of big guns. Instead, 
get some experience, overcome your fears, or find a large 
caliber gun with a grip that fits smaller hands. A gun that 
is too underpowered may not have the stopping power 
you need to save your life in an emergency. 

4. Basic survival rifle/shotgun combination. This usually 
means a gun that can shoot either a single .22 long rifle 
round or a .410 shot shell. It can be useful if you need 
game, any game, and don't know what you might run into 
while you're on the prowl. 

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Then, as I acquired more money, I'd add the following to 
my arsenal: 

1. A bolt action rifle for hunting deer, elk and other large 
game. Many calibers are available, but .308, 30-06, .270 
and 7 mm are among the popular ones, depending on the 
game you're after, the distances you need to cover, and 
your personal preferences. A good bolt action rifle (not a 
$200 '98 Mauser!) with a very high-quality scope is what 
you need if you intend to take up sniping. 

2. A long-barreled shotgun for hunting wildfowl. Again, 
there are infinite choices and I have no particular prefer- 

3. A handgun for serious game shooting and defense against 
wild animals. This means either a .44 magnum or a .41 
magnum revolver. Either of these will kill a grizzly bear if 
you had to, in self-defense. Nobody recommends you go 
bear hunting with this weapon. It can also be used to take 
deer and other sizable game at ranges up to 100 yards (if 
you're a good shot and have a scope). 

4. An air rifle for killing tiny varmints (rats and bats) and 
hunting small game like squirrels. Ideally, this should be a 
high-quality European variety, not a $60 Daisy. I pant for 
a Feinwerkbau 124, which is old, but incredibly accurate 
and reliable. Many other German air guns have come on 
the market since I first fell in love with the FWB. 

5. A slingshot. You can buy one for $5.00 at any sporting 
goods store. You'll need to practice your buns off to be 
any good at it. But in a pinch, it may be all you have. 

6. A crossbow. Again, a weapon for when you've lost 
everything else or for when you need to commit serious 
damage in serious silence. A crossbow bolt can go 
straight through a tree, but since it doesn't expand (as 
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defend yourself or kill an animal. One famous 
"advantage" of the crossbow turns out to be overrated. It 
may be very quiet when it comes to killing a dumb ani- 
mal, but unless you hit him just right, that concentration- 
camp guard is still going to scream like bloody hell. 

You'll also need plenty of ammo for all of the above, of 
course. An adequate supply might be 1000 rounds for a semi- 
automatic rifle, 1000 pellets for an air gun, 500 rounds each 
for pistols and bolt-action rifles, a like number of steel balls 
for your slingshot, 100-250 shotgun shells, and perhaps 100 
crossbow bolts. This sounds like a lot, but you'll find you 
can use up hundreds of rounds a day just in practice. 

(You are going to practice, aren't you? And having 
practiced, you're going to re-stock your ammo supply, right?) 

The particular types of ammunition are very important. For 
instance, for your handgun, you'll want inexpensive round- 
nose (ball) ammo for practice, but a good hollow point (like 
Federal Hydra-Shok) or specialty ammo (like Glaser Safety 
Slugs or MagSafe) for self defense. These rounds are 
designed to spread when they hit, doing maximum damage to 
your target, yet being less likely to go straight through and hit 
someone standing behind him. 

Ammo is much too complex to go into here. If you don't 
know what's best for your purpose, ask the people at your 
local gun store. They'll know — and will talk your ear off. 

Bow hunters will say I've neglected their weapon, and I 
have. I don't know enough about bow and arrow to assess 
their use in survival situations. They certainly have the 
advantage of silence. If that method appeals to you, you can 
find bow hunters' magazines in most grocery stores or track 
down a friend who enjoys the hobby and look into it. 

If the above list was all Greek to you, talk with the people 
at a sizable gun store or sporting goods store. They'll help. 

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Members of a local gun club will also be pleased to offer 
advice. In fact, once you start talking with gunnies, advice is 
the one thing you'll always have an abundance of. 

82. Start thinking about tools & equipment 

Tools and equipment: This nice, vague category could go 
on for chapters. So I'll just offer some basics, then refer you 
to survival catalogs for more. Also see Read: self reliance, 
No. 48, for other survival tools and tactics. 
If you are planning for the long term, think about getting: 

• A grinder for grains and nuts. Electric models are avail- 
able, but then you'll need a steady power supply, either 
your own or your community's. A tiny, but very useable 
hand grinder can be had for around $55, but the price 
quickly jumps to $300 or so for nice stone-grinders. 

• Veggie seeds. Buy them sealed in a can, specially 
selected for survival needs. If you buy at your local 
garden supply store, you must be very careful not to 
choose hybrid varieties since you will not be able to 
collect and use their seed for future crops. (Hybrids don't 
reproduce true, and may not reproduce at all.) 

• An alternative cooking method. If your power is out for 
days, weeks or months, you'll need another way of 
warming food. There are plenty, and you may already 
have one in your camping supplies. These include white 
gas stoves, propane stoves, butane stoves, solar cookers, 
charcoal cookers and wood-burning. You can use your 
regular electric stove, if you power it with a solar system. 
Choose one or two that best suit your needs. Be careful; 
some — like charcoal burners — should never be used 
indoors, thanks to their output of carbon monoxide. 

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• An alternate light source. A Coleman gas lantern or 
butane lamp will do, provided you make sure to have 
plenty of fuel and extra mantels on hand. 

• An alternate heat source for your home. Kerosene will do 
in the short term. A wood burner is better in the long run, 
provided you have a reliable supply of fuel. Solar is the 
very best, as long as your climate is suitable and your 
budget can stand it. 

• A method of power generation. One of those little gas 
Honda generators is okay in an emergency. But if you're 
really serious about surviving off-grid (or when the grid 
has been switched off) consider a good solar system, 
wind generator (depending, again, on your climate) or a 
China diesel generator. There are a lot of other methods, 
from water-driven ram pumps to pedal power. 
Backwoods Home magazine, listed in Read: self-reliance, 
No. 48, is a good source for a lot more information on 
this topic. 

• A method of sanitation. If "civilized" services are cut off, 
you might not have the use of your toilet. In the long 
term, then, you'll want to build an outhouse or have a 
composting toilet. Chemical toilets of the type used in 
boats and RVs can be useful. In a dire, but short-term 
emergency try this: cut a hole in the top of a wooden box 
or sturdy cardboard box. Anchor a plastic garbage bag 
inside. (You can tape it to the sides of a cardboard box, 
or staple it to wood.) Use it. Add some outhouse lime 
(available from farm supply stores) and cover for odor 
control. Dispose of the bag after a couple of days. 

83. Some places to find all of the above 

You can purchase emergency food and other survival 
supplies from the companies listed on the next pages. There 

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are many other sources, but these are the ones I personally 
know to be reliable suppliers of quality stuff: 

The Survival Center 

P.O. Box 234 

McKenna, Washington 98558 

voice: (360) 458-6778 

fax: (360) 458-6868 

order line: 1-800-321-2900 


Web site: 

The Survival Center has a large supply of nearly every- 
thing — food, tools and hundreds of books. Prices are fair 
(though not spectacular) and service is excellent. Send $2.00 
for a catalog. 

Emergency Essentials 

362 S. Commerce Loop Suite B 

Orem, Utah 84058 

voice: (801) 222-9596 

fax: (801) 222-9598 

order line: 1-800-999-1863 


Web site: 

This company also has a large supply, including tents, 
backpacks, water filtration systems, foul weather equipment, 
as well as a large selection of food items. Prices are competi- 
tive with any, and their periodic catalogs often have good 
sales. In the past, I've sometimes found their responsiveness 
sadly lacking. But at the recent Preparedness Expo, I spoke 
with their VP of customer service, Don Pectol, and I can say 
that he and everyone else staffing the booth were committed 
to being very helpful. 

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Future Foods 

1448 West Business Park Drive 

Orem, Utah 84058 

voice: (801) 227-7105 

This company specializes in emergency food supplies 
only. These are basic items, nothing fancy. Future Foods' 
prices are fair-to-good (particularly if you sign up as a 
member) and their service is fine and friendly. They'll send a 
free catalog on request. 

Alpine Aire 

Infinet Communications, Inc. 

8551 Cottonwood Road 

Bozeman, Montana 59718 

voice: (406) 585-9324 

fax: (406) 585-0671 


Web site: 

If you're looking for the best quality in both food and 
service, Alpine Aire is your place. All of the suppliers men- 
tioned here carry good quality storage foods, but Alpine Aire 
also sells "gourmet" prepared dinners and specialty items 
(like sour cream powder and dried strawberries) that are 
almost impossible to find elsewhere. Their foods are all natu- 
ral and contain no preservatives, coloring agents, white sugar 
or MSG. In addition to their line of #10 and #2 l A canned 
goods, they also market dinners in foil packets, suitable for 
elegant backpacking excursions. Their full-color catalog is 
free for the asking. 
Also check out: 

• Your local Red Cross office for publications and videos 
on emergency procedures 

• Local outdoor and camping stores 

• Hardware stores 

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84. Building your skills 

It takes more than "things" to make a good survival plan. 
Consider developing one or more of these skills. Some can 
help you survive an immediate crisis; others could be handy in 
a long-term economic crunch, when you must barter your 
skills for goods and services. 




Food-canning and other storage 

Small- appliance repair 

Computer repair 


Care of dairy and meat animals 

First aid and CPR 

More advanced home doctoring 

Home chiropractic care 

Teaching of basic skills (reading, writing, 'rithmatic) 



Cooking with storage foods 

Auto and other machinery repair 

Pottery making 

Well-digging and/or water-witching 

Herb gardening and herbal medicines 

Horseback riding 

Bicycle repair 



Orienteering (for survival in the wilderness) 

Recognizing edible (and poisonous!) wild plants 

Recognizing wild plants with medicinal value 

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• Public speaking 

I'm sure you can think of many, many more. 

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men 
dread it. 

— George Bernard Shaw 

It's difficult enough to prepare for our own well-being. 
The next section covers even tougher subjects: preparing our 
children, our pets and our aging relatives for hard times. 
This section is brief. You could write whole books about this. 
So I simply offer some tips to get you started thinking about 
your own family 's needs. 

85. Prepare your children, pets and aging 

First, the kids 

Preparing your children to survive hard times depends a lot 
on how old they are, what your circumstances are, and what 
type of troubles you anticipate. A few things to consider: 

• Some children will die before eating unfamiliar or 
unpleasant foods. Keep a good supply of familiar staples 
on hand. If you plan to stock canned survival foods, be 
sure to begin integrating them into your family's diet long 
before you need them. Unless you live in a rural area, 
your only milk supply in a crisis might be powdered non- 
fat milk. Make sure your kids are used to it, so they don't 
reject "that yukky blue stuff' when they have nothing else 
to drink. Stock a good supply of treats, as well, preferably 
healthy ones. 

• Make sure you have at least a year's supply of any regular 
medication your children require. Store it in a cool, dry, 
dark place and rotate new supplies in regularly, since 
drugs deteriorate over time. (The Physicians' Desk 

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Reference, available at your library reference desk — and 
perhaps part of your medical kit — will give you 
information about shelf-lives.) 

If you're a believer in preparedness, you probably already 
have a first-aid kit and at least a few medicines on hand. 
For children, you might require a few extras. Consider: a 
larger supply of bandages and ointments for cuts, scrapes 
& sprains; a vaporizer, salves and liquids to treat colds, 
children's pain reliever, several kinds of antibiotics 
effective for different conditions, anti-nausea and anti- 
diarrhea medicines, extra splints for small broken limbs 
and a big supply of calamine lotion for skin rashes. If you 
explain to your doctor that you're putting together an 
emergency kit, he or she might be willing to prescribe the 
medicines you require. 

Kids can be astoundingly materialistic. If you buy yours 
every toy advertised on TV, you could be setting yourself 
up for a struggle in tough times. It's hard for kids to 
understand "We can't afford that," when they see you 
"affording" food, rent, clothes and gas for your car. Just 
as you need to prepare yourself now to do without later, 
you especially need to prepare your children. Cut down 
on the number and lavishness of "bought" toys. Start 
making handmade toys, playing inexpensive card games 
or word games, and improvising family games of your 
own. Encourage kids to draw, write, or develop a simple 
hobby like wildflower collecting. Let them make their 
own toys. Teach them strategic games like chess (which 
will help them think for themselves). You'll find that all 
this not only costs less, but helps you pull together as a 
family when the time comes. 

Teach your children about the Constitution and Bill of 
Rights, or about other political values you hold dear. 

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They'll be better prepared to understand, when the bad 
times come, that the government — not you or blind fate 

— caused the problem. Let them know that even children 
can stand up and defend their rights. 

• Teach them to keep family activities confidential. This 
flies in the face of what they're taught in school and by 
the media, which is to tell all. In fact, there's wisdom on 
both sides. No child should have to suffer abuse in the 
name of keeping "family business" private. On the other 
hand, your children should learn when silence is wisdom 

— when silence might save their lives or keep their 
parents out of jail. (It's a tough one, that.) 

• Be prepared to teach them at home. Have lots of books 
on hand, in a variety of subjects, and geared to several 
levels of ability. There's no telling how long you might be 
on your own in educating your kids. Also learn to 
recognize the opportunities for learning that exist in 
nature, in your community, and in everyday activities. 

• Have a plan for coping if you must hit the road. Will you 
take your children with you or leave them with a relative? 
If you take them plan a kit including toys, special foods, 
extra clothes, medicines, etc. Be prepared for dealing with 
their impatience on long road trips or during periods 
when you might be cooped up in isolated places. 

Then Fido and Fluffy 

I hate to say it, but the first thing you have to ask yourself 
is: Could I eat Fido if things really got bad? 

My personal answer to that question is no. I'd die before 
I'd eat a pet. Your answer might be different. The main thing 
is to know. You also need to ask yourself whether you could 
kill Fido if you couldn't feed him any more, or if you needed 
to run and couldn't take him with you. 

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Assuming you prefer Fido, Fluffy or Mike the Iguana alive, 
well and at your side, here are some things to do: 

• Lay in a several month supply of your pet's food. A 
year's worth is better. If it's bulk food, not canned, you'll 
need to store it in a rodent- and insect-proof container. 
Keep the supply rotating during the good times. 

• If your pet is on any medications, make sure you have a 
year's supply on hand. 

• Try also to lay in a stock of veterinary antibiotics, anti- 
nausea and anti-diarrhea medicines, and others recom- 
mended by your vet. Some of these can also be used for 
humans. It's illegal, but cheaper than human medicine and 
may be necessary in a pinch. However, some animal 
medicines can hurt you. If you're discreet and on good 
terms with your vet, he or she might help you learn which 
are which. If not, check the Physicians ' Desk Reference 
and other drug resource books on your library's reference 
shelves. Keep your pet's medicine in a cool, dark, dry 
place and remember to rotate new medicines in, as drugs 
lose their potency over time. 

• Make sure all your pet's vaccinations are always current. 
The last thing you need is for Old Yeller to go rabid on 
you when everything else has already gone wrong. 

• If you believe you might be forced to hit the road, think 
about what you'd need to take your animal friend with 
you — leashes, bedding, dishes, food, medicine, toys — 
and how your critter would get exercise or do its business 
if you were forced to hide out somewhere. 

Last but not least, Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa 

In some ways, preparing your aging relatives for hard times 
is similar to preparing your kids. Like children, some old 
people will die rather than eat unfamiliar or unpleasant foods. 

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As with children, the stubborn crankiness of some old people 
can cause real problems in emergency situations. 

It's going to vary a lot from family to family. Here are 
some tilings you might need to consider: 

• Medicines. As you do for pets and kids, you'll need to lay 
in a supply of any regularly needed medications and rotate 
them so they'll still be good when you need them. 

• Be sure to keep a good supply of their favorite foods on 
hand, particularly highly digestible ones like oatmeal. 

• Realize you might have to cope with an old person's 
extreme resistance to change. To the best of your ability, 
keep familiar objects and people around and try to explain 
reasons for change. 

• Resistance to change, crankiness, fussy eating and every 
other trait of aging could be hugely compounded if your 
aging relative is — or becomes — senile. 

• As with children and pets, an old person can hamper you 
badly if you have to hit the road. Are your parents in 
good enough shape to survive on their own? If not, do 
you know someone who can care for them in your 

• I realize I'm buying into some stereotypes here, assuming 
your relatives' age will be a problem. If your family 
members are healthy and strong, consider that their age 
and experience might be an asset. A grandfather who 
fought in World War II might have valuable knowledge of 
fighting techniques. A great-aunt bora on a farm during 
the Depression might be able to help with food storage 
and preparation, as well as other cheap-living techniques. 

• Even if your parents or grandparents are healthy now, 
death is inevitable and long-term disability is extremely 
likely. Medicare and Social Security may not be available 
when the time comes — or, you might reject them for 

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philosophical reasons. Realize you could end up paying all 
the bills for a lengthy illness and/or taking a very sick old 
person into your home. (In fact, if Medicare collapses, but 
the government stays in power, you can count on either 
the feds or the state forcing you to pay your relatives' 
bills and confiscating your assets if you do not. Something 
like that has already happened in Oregon.) Consider, 
among other things, looking into alternative forms of 
medicine and having your relative enroll in the local 
branch of the Neptune Society for low cost, pre-arranged 
cremation services. One final organization that might be 
able to help, if your beliefs permit, is the Hemlock 
Society, which teaches humane forms of suicide and 
assisted suicide. Contact them at P.O. Box 11830, 
Eugene, Oregon 97440, (voice) (503) 342-5748 or 1- 
800-247-7421, (fax) (503) 345-2751. 

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human 
freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of 

— William Pitt the Younger, British prime minister 

86. Avoid "bear bait" cars and other attention- 
getting vehicles. 

Ever see a red Miata chugging along at the speed limit, 
while a boxy old sedan cruises past and leaves the sports car 
in the dust? Smart owners of little red or yellow sports cars 
know they can't get away with moves that owners of gray or 
brown sedans perform with ease. Cops are always on the 
lookout, and color and style attract their eyes before deeds 

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Maybe smart car owners don't buy red or yellow sports 
cars in the first place. 

Smart car owners buy whatever type of vehicle will be least 
noticeable in their environment. 

For instance, if you're a tax resister or a member of the 
underground economy, you won't go running around in a 
Mercedes or Lexus that screams, "I have money!" If you live 
in a neighborhood of gardener-tended lawns and strict 
covenants, you won't drive around in a 1971 Chevy with the 
back window covered with duct tape and plastic wrap, either. 

It is a matter of environment, though. I know of one 
Chicago resident who came to the attention of police in part 
because he drove around in a camo-painted jeep. In my neck 
of the woods, on the other hand (which literally is the woods), 
no one would even notice a camo paint job, or if they did, 
they'd just assume you were a hunter. 

That little bland sedan box works pretty well wherever you 
go. These days, so does a small, dull-colored pickup truck or 
sport utility vehicle (sans running lights, roll bars and excess 
chrome, please!). 

Of course you have a right to buy the vehicle of your 
choice. Of course you have a right to express yourself via 
bright paint jobs, camo or highly opinionated bumper stickers. 
Nobody's disputing that. The thing here is: don't call 
attention to yourself without thinking clearly about what 
you're doing. If you want a car or truck that shouts, "Here I 
am!" don't be surprised when cops, IRS agents and other 
people respond, "There you are." 

Remember, vehicles are prime targets for civil forfeiture 
now. The better your car, the more likely some corrupt local 
or federal cop department is to take it from you on phony 
pretenses. Don't forget — these days when they take your 
property because they've caught you with drugs, a prostitute, 

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"too much" cash — or whatever other "crime" they can cook 
up as an excuse — they don't have to prove your guilt in order 
to keep your car; you have to prove your innocence — and 
post a big, fat bond for the privilege of being allowed to try. 

It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote 
himself to the eradication of any, even the most 
enormous wrong... But it is his duty. ..not to give it his 
practical support. If I devote myself to other pursuits 
and contemplations, I must first see, at least, that I do 
not pursue them sitting upon another man 's shoulders. 
— Henry David Thoreau 

87. Find a non-government occupation 

With a few exceptions (discussed elsewhere), people who 
love freedom shouldn't be working for the government. 
Surprisingly, a lot do. 

Or maybe it isn't surprising. Government has become so 
big a part of our lives that more than 50 percent of all U.S. 
households (closer to 60, actually) receive some form of 
government check every month — whether from employ- 
ment, "entitlement," grant, loan, subsidy or something else. 

If you work for the government, consider getting out. No 
matter how useful your job, you're being paid with stolen — 
taxed — money. 

Then there are those of us who don't work for the govern- 
ment — but who really do, when you look closely at our jobs. 

You also "work for the government" if: 

• Your company sells its services chiefly to government 

• Your company markets a product primarily directed at 
the government market 

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• You are a tax accountant 

• You are an attorney handling corporate regulatory affairs 

• You are a human resources employee, or you work in 
areas such as "diversity" training, or the Americans With 
Disabilities Act, which involve government-mandated 

• You spend a lot of your time filling out paperwork for the 
EPA or any other regulatory agency 

• Your company makes a product that, though marketed to 
the private sector, would not have to exist if the 
government didn't require it 

I'm not saying every one of these jobs, or even any of these 
jobs is "bad." Tax accountants do what they can to save 
clients from the worst the IRS has to offer. Environmental 
managers at factories do good by cutting down on pollution 
and health hazards, completely aside from the EPA's dictates. 
Corporate attorneys help keep corporations from being 
driven out of business by regulations and related lawsuits. 

What I'm doing is simply asking you to be conscious of 
how much of your life might be devoted to working with or 
for the government without you particularly being aware of it, 
day to day. If it bothers you to be helping enforce 
government regulations or to know that half your income 
really comes from tax money, no matter that a private 
company issues the check, consider moving to some other 
type of work. 

Ideally, independence 

The ideal work has no dependence on government money 
at all. That's tough to find these days, but when you can find 
it, you may also discover it has bonuses. Non-government- 
involved jobs tend to be the smaller, more humane, much 
more independent ones such as: 

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Self-employed carpenter 

Freelance writer 

Craft artist 



Ranch hand 


Video producer 

Restaurant owner 

Bed & breakfast operator 

Motel owner 

Independent plumber or electrician 





Retail-store owner 

Avon or Amway dealer 

Vending machine route owner 




Bicycle repairman 

Computer consultant 

Independent software engineer 

Tattoo artist 

Wood-lot operator 


Truck owner-operator 

Picture framer 

Pet groomer 

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Security guard 

Independent mental-health counselor 

Fitness trainer 


Name a hundred more 

A few of these occupations are, of course, still heavily 
regulated by the government (like trucking). A few aren't 
easy to earn a living at, but all are useful skills, with a 
minimum of daily government interference. 

Better yet, some are ideal for practicing in a free economy. 
That means ideal for practicing in the tax-free underground 
economy now, and practicing in the more open free economy 
that could come later — either after an economic collapse or 
war. . . or perhaps even after we have set ourselves free. 

On that day, this country will have a lot more use for 
florists, veterinarians and plumbers than for tax accountants 
and specialists in politically correct corporate policies. 

Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should 
have fought for was representation without taxation. 
— Fletcher Knebel, historian 

88. Never beg for your rights 

Free people never beg governments for fundamental rights 
like free speech, freedom of association, self-defense, worship 
and freedom to travel. 

If the government gets in the way of your ability to live 
your life peacefully, as you see fit, in voluntary relationships 
with others, then it's wrong and you're right. Period. 

Don't sit around and wait for Congress or the state 
legislature to "fix" violated rights. The very essence of the 
government game is that legislators give you a tiny bit here 

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while grabbing a double handful of what's yours there. Even 
if you gain a victory or two, in the long run, government is a 
game freedom lovers can only lose. 

Never, never beg or negotiate for your rights. Take them. 
If enough of us do, no government in the world can stand in 
our way. 

The State is not armed with superior wit or honesty, 
but with superior physical strength. I was not born to 
be forced. I will breathe air after my own fashion. Let 
us see who is the strongest. 
— Henry David Thoreau 

89. Make "them" fill out your paperwork 

Let bureaucrats know how it feels! Exercise your right to 
find out who your public servants are and where they derive 
their authority. When confronted with one of their many 
arrogant requests, politely hand them a copy of the "Bureau- 
cracy Encounter Form," created by Charles Curley and yours 
truly to use to your heart's content: 

The Bureaucracy Encounter Form 

Dear Bureaucrat: 

You have requested certain information or action of me. In 
order for me to better facilitate your request, I require certain 
information for my own records. If you will fill out this form 
in triplicate, I will then consider your request. Fill out a 
separate form for each request you have made of me. If 
additional room is needed, please use another sheet of paper. 

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Today's date / / Location: 

Your name: 

Agency(ies) you represent: 

Your business address: 

City and state: 

Postal code: 

Telephone number: 

Your annual salary: 

Your supervisor's name: 

Supervisor's telephone number: 
Describe your request in detail: . 

Are you required to make this request? 

If so, what person or agency required it of you? 

Please state what statute, and what section and/or subsection 
of that statute authorizes you to make this request: 

Please state which portion of the state or national constitution 
authorizes you to make this request: 

Have you filled out a form like this for me in the past? 

When? Exact dates: 

What will be done with the information you collect? 

Is this part of a criminal investigation? 

Will this become part of a criminal investigation? 

I swear (or affirm) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing 
is true and correct, (sign) 

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The Democrats are the ones who will give you a loan. 
The Republicans are the ones who will guarantee you a 
loan. The Libertarians are the ones who will leave you 

— Cal Ludeman, Minnesota state representative 

90. If you must vote (part I) . . .. 

If you must vote, vote Libertarian. You can contact the 
national party at: 

Libertarian Party Headquarters 

Watergate Office Building 

2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 100 

Washington, DC 20037 

voice: 1-800-682-1776 (membership line) 


Web site: 

I'm not saying the Libertarians are perfect. After all, the 
current partyarchs actually thought it was a good idea to 
move the party headquarters into the Watergate building and 
have their own scandal. (It would be a much better idea to set 
up HQ in Midwest, Wyoming, then loudly dare Washington 
DC to get off its elite ass and get out in the real country.) 

Still, if you have to vote at all, the LP beats the hell out of 
the alternatives. There are party affiliates in all 50 states and 
some counties. Headquarters can put you in touch. 

Always vote for a principle, though you vote alone, 
and you may cherish the sweet reflection that your vote 
is never lost. 

— John Quincy Adams 

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91. Get to know your neighbors 

Who are those people living next door or across the street? 
Too often, these days, we don't really know. In a way, 
there's nothing wrong with not knowing; after all mere 
physical proximity doesn't mean you have a damn thing in 
common. Your neighbors could be nose-pickers, psychopaths 
or even Democrats. 

Be that as it may, it behooves you to know something 
about the people around you, while nevertheless keeping your 
own reserve and privacy. Could these people be your allies in 
a political battle? Might they be good trading partners in an 
economic crisis — or people you could hire in the 
underground economy right now? Might they hire you? Is it 
possible they could help you homeschool your children? 

On the other hand, if they're IRS agents, drug warriors or 
freelance busybodies, you might want to know that, too. (Not 
that anyone would admit to working for the IRS, but you can 
find out over time.) 

In any case, it never hurts to make their acquaintance, then 
maintain it at a cordial distance if that's what suits you. 

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to 
take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the 

— Alexander Solzhenitsyn 

92. Network — but wisely and discreetly 

My honey and I attend meetings of an influential 
conservative group, held in the private meeting room of a 
restaurant. We aren't conservatives (as you might have 
guessed!), but these guys are impressive, we like the leaders 
very much, and we learn a lot from them about how to 

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accomplish goals. Their meetings often attract people from 
other groups, seeking alliances. 

One day, about a year ago, a cammie-clad stranger showed 
up, stood up, introduced himself as a militia leader from 
another county, handed around literature, and announced that 
he was stockpiling guns and food and that anyone with half a 
brain would be doing the same. He gave his name, home 
address and home phone number to anyone who requested it. 

Later, after the general meeting, a couple of us spoke 
briefly to him in the public area of the crowded restaurant. 
With no context, he abruptly announced that he was prepared 
to defend himself at any time, pulled up his jacket to reveal a 
.38, and announced it was "okay" because he had a concealed 
carry permit. 

We were not surprised when, a few months later, we 
learned his militia group had fallen apart. He said it was 
because they were cowards, scared off after the Oklahoma 
City bombing. He had no idea it was probably because he was 
a complete fool. 

You can easily see some of his mistakes. He was blatting 
out information that was: 1) nobody's business; and, 2) could 
have endangered himself and his associates. 

But his equally serious error was that he was so wrapped 
up in himself that he forgot to "learn the territory." 

He didn't realize — because he didn't go through the long, 
careful process of finding out — that the group to which he 
was speaking contained some very wise, and very sensible, 

He didn't learn there were already two other leaders of 
militia-type organizations present. He didn't understand that 
at least a third of the men in the room, and several of the 
women, were also armed (with or without permit), and would 
hardly be impressed by his rooster-like display of weapons. 

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He didn't understand that these people were smart enough to 
realize that anyone blurting out his own secret plans would 
just as quickly blurt out theirs. 

Above all, he didn't take the time to discover that these 
people were, for the most part, more knowledgeable than he 
about the things he was so insistent on "teaching" them. 

He was so clueless and so arrogant I've often wondered if 
he was an undercover cop. 

It's important to build alliances, and to learn what other 
groups of potential allies (and potential enemies) are doing. 
But you've got to use some sense about it: 

• Take the time to find out who others are before you 
reveal much about yourself. 

• Never, ever reveal more than you have to. 

• Even after you think you know some other individual or 
group, always hold a tiny bit of suspicion in your heart. 

• Have an address and phone number that doesn't give 
every nut and goon a roadmap to your house. 

• When trying to forge alliances, respect the other person's 
intelligence; though the nation is filled with TV- 
anesthetized zombies, politically aware people are, these 
days, very aware. 

"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble..., "the 
law is a ass — a idiot. " 

— Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist 

93. Intimidate back 

When some pompous authority figure is "pomping" bullshit 
all over you, mutter remarks like, "My attorney doesn't see it 
that way..." or, "Interesting. That's not what the governor 
told me..." or, "Not according to Title III of the state code." 

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You can usually count on bureaucrats being either stupid or 
lazy. If they weren't, they'd have real jobs, doing something 
useful. Even if they continue blustering at you, you will have 
planted a seed of doubt. Because of their laziness, they'll 
almost never go to the trouble to disprove your mumbling. 
You will regain the offensive and give them a little dose of 

It may be better to live under robber barons than 
under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber 
baron 's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may 
at some point be satisfied; but those who torment us 
for our own good will torment us without end, for they 
do so with the approval of their own conscience. 
— C.S. Lewis 

94. Know when — and whether — you could kill 

In a way, this isn't fair. People who've been there say it 
isn't possible to know whether you could kill until you've 
been placed in that position. About all they say for sure is that 
those who brag most loudly about their own ruthless bravery 
are the ones most likely to pee their pants and run. 

Nevertheless, it's a subject you need to think about as part 
of your preparedness. 

Try picturing yourself in various scenarios: a thug kicks 
down your door in the middle of the night; a rapist stalks you 
down a lonely street; soldiers come door-to-door in your 
neighborhood, looking for "contraband" guns; you are alone 
in the woods, being tracked by cops on a trumped up charge; 
your ex-partner, in a rage, charges at you with a baseball bat. 

Now don't imagine yourself as Rambo or James Bond, 
coolly out-thinking every enemy. Get real. It's cold and wet 
in those woods. You're exhausted and not thinking well after 

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36 hours without sleep. You don't know who's kicking your 
door in. You're terrified and your heart's pumping like a 
gusher. You can't remember whether you left a round in the 
chamber. Somebody's screaming, "Freeze!!! Police!!!" but 
for all you know they could be freelance gangsters instead of 
real cops. Or they could be real cops, come to kill you or 
carry you to an internment camp. You know that trailing 
stranger behind you outweighs you by 50 pounds — but you 
don't know if he's really stalking you or not. 

In seconds, you have moral choices, strategic choices, 
philosophical choices all screaming to be made NOW. 

Think about how you're going to feel if that intruder in the 
night turns out to be nothing more than the guy from the next 
apartment, opening the wrong door. What if it's a 13-year- 
old kid? What if those black-clad, face-masked gangsters 
really were cops, after all? 

Think about somebody's brains on your carpet, about the 
smell of a gut shot, about the lawsuits and legal charges that 
might wreck the rest of your life. 

Now, do you think you could kill? Under which circum- 
stances? And do you need more preparation (self-defense 
classes, practical shooting experience, knowledge of military 
tactics, etc.) to help you face what may, someday, be the 
decision of your life? 

95. If you must vote (part II). . . 

If you've absolutely got to go to the polls. . . and if there are 
no Libertarians on the ballot... or if you don't like them any 
better than the Republicrats, Laborites, Socialist Workers, 
Natural Law folks or whatever, then write in: 

• Mickey Mouse 

• Yasser Arafat 

• Richard Nixon 

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Attila the Hun 


Your dog Dingleberry 

Thomas Jefferson 

Randy Weaver 

Ted Kaczynsky 

Marilyn Manson 


Henry David Thoreau 

Ronald McDonald 

Mary Juana 

Samuel Colt 

or None of the Above 

In other words: send a message, waste somebody's time, 
let them know the whole voting business is pabulum to keep 
the citizens appeased, and you're on to the game. 

You lucky folks in Nevada can even vote for None of the 
Above without having to write him, her or it in. Too bad the 
vote cops still have it rigged so that if None wins, a 
politician-as-usual still gets to put his or her backside in the 
chair of office. 

We, the people, are the rightful masters of both 
Congress and the courts — not to overthrow the 
Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the 

— Abraham Lincoln 

96. Learn your privacy rights and protect them 

In a way, this whole book is about privacy rights. When 
you carry a gun without a permit, refuse to give your Social 
Security number, don't answer nosy questions, place your 

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Visa card records out of reach, bury gold and silver, encrypt 
your electronic transmissions, and generally live a low-profile 
life, you're taking steps to guard your privacy. 

But as with civil forfeiture and "gun control" (really victim 
control), this is an area where the attack from outside is so 
intense, and increasing so greatly, you may need to do more 
than merely take care of yourself. You need to join and 
support the organizations that are fighting the public battle. 

Everybody talks about the increasing invasion of privacy. 
This is one threat to freedom the mainstream media even 
deigns to mention occasionally! But not too many organiza- 
tions are actually doing much about it. 

And, as usual, our rulers, while decrying "government on 
our backs," are rushing to pass laws to make matters worse. 
As I write this, proposals for a national I.D. card are very 
much alive in Congress, along with a system by which 
employers would be required to get permission from the 
federal government before hiring anyone — giving the feds 
yet one more database with which to track and manipulate 
your life. 

It isn't only government that's putting the clamps on you. 
Businesses may be the biggest culprit — from the credit card 
companies that track every purchase you make (and sell 
information on your buying habits to yet other nosy 
businesses!), to employers who imagine they have a right to 
know whether you practice "unhealthy" or illegal habits on 
your own time. Of course, all information collected by 
businesses is ultimately available to fedsnoops, as well, by 
subpoena, warrant, force or deception. 

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What to do about it 

First, there are the personal things we've already been 
talking about. Do those and learn to do more. (As usual, 
Loompanics has a good supply of books on the subject.) 

Two good books on the political background and personal 
implications of privacy loss are: 

Ben Franklin's Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity from 

Plymouth Rock to the Internet, by Robert Ellis Smith, 

Privacy Journal, 2000. 
Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the Twenty-First 

Century, by Simson Garfinkel, O'Reilly & Associates, 


Some of the best information on privacy is on the Internet. 
Check Scott McDonald's "Fight the Fingerprint" 
(http:/ and his 
ScanThisNews electronic newsletter. And here are two (sort 
of pricey) journals with both print and online versions. 

Privacy Journal 

Box 28577 

Providence, Rhode Island 02908 

(401) 274-7861 


Web site: 

Try also: 

Privacy Times 

Box 21501 

Washington, DC 20009 

voice: (202) 829-3660 

fax: (202) 829-3653 


Web site: 

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Fortunately, in the last few years, people have quit 
neglecting privacy. Unfortunately, this consciousness may 
have come too late, as snoop policies and technologies have 
already been put into place and worst ones are in the works. 
From Echelon to Carnivore to facial-recognition cameras at 
the Super Bowl and giant databases of our medical records 
accessible to anyone the government wishes, we are being 

We must understand that this isn't "privacy abuse." This is 
the destruction of the very concept of self ownership. It 
should be THE issue of our lives (yes, even more than gun- 
rights, which I've long believed to be #1). 
Corporate- state America (and world) has such a big stake in 
these "social management tools" that our chance of escaping 
Big Brotherdom is slim. Nevertheless, here are some of the 
outfits now engaged in the fight — specifically those who can 
help you with solid information about self-protection. 

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse 

3100 5 th Avenue, Suite B 

San Diego, CA 92103 

Voice: (619) 298-3396 

Fax: (619) 298-5681 


Web site: 

It publishes these fact sheets: 

• Privacy Survival Guide 

• Cordless and Cellular Phones: Is Everybody Listening? 

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How to Put an End to Harassing Phone Calls 
Junk Mail: How Did They All Get My Address? 
Telemarketing: Whatever Happened to a Quiet Evening 
at Home? 

How Private Is My Credit Report? 
Employee Monitoring: Is There Privacy in the Work- 

How Private Is My Medical Information? 
Wiretapping and Eavesdropping: Is There Cause for 

My Social Security Number: How Secure Is It? 
From Cradle to Grave: Government Records and Your 

A Checklist of Responsible Information-Handling Prac- 

Are You Being Stalked? Tips for Prevention 
Paying By Credit Card or Check: What Can Merchants 
• Employment Background Checks: A Jobseeker's Guide 

The clearinghouse also does research on privacy issues and 
supplies it to legislators, think tanks and consumer groups. 

I hate to say it, but one organization that appears to be 
most effectively engaged in the public battle against the loss 
of privacy is the American Civil Liberties Union. I hesitate to 
recommend joining this group, which has always been very 
selective about which parts of the Bill of Rights it chooses to 
support, and which invents group "rights" by whim to replace 
individual ones. So I will just say, check it out: 

American Civil Liberties Union 
132 West 43rd Street 
New York, New York 10036-6599 
Web site: 

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The ACLU has published a handbook: Your Right to 
Privacy: A Basic Guide to Legal Rights in an Information 
Society, by Evan Hendricks, et al. 

Whether you join or not, you can download issue papers on 
topics such as these from their Web site: 

Privacy of medical records 

Workers' privacy rights 

Government secrecy 

Cyberliberties and other telecommunications issues 


Gay/lesbian issues 



In one recent, strongly worded report, the ACLU said the 
FBI's latest proposals for snooping "would make the KGB 
look like privacy advocates." So these guys aren't all bad, 
even if they aren't all good, either. 

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people 
who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the 
existing government, they can exercise their con- 
stitutional right of amending it, or the revolutionary 
right to dismember or overthrow it. 
— Abraham Lincoln 

97. Bury gold, guns and goodies 

You know by now that paranoia is good for your health. 
One of the healthiest ways to express paranoia is to bury 
guns, gold, silver and other goodies that might be: 1) illegal; 
and, 2) desperately necessary in times of crisis. 

Do not bury them on your own property. If your stash is 
found by government agents, everything you own could be 

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instantly forfeited if the stash contains a single item that 
violates certain laws or regulations. 
Bury them on: 

• National forest land or Bureau of Land Management 

• The property of someone you hate 

• The property of a politician or bureaucrat 

In the west, where the feds kept most of the land for 
themselves, national forest land and BLM land is easy to find. 
If you live in the east, which was settled before government 
decided it could get away with owning half of a state, try a 
remote corner of a state park. Make sure the site you choose 

• Easy to find again 

• So remote that no one else is likely to see you digging the 
hole or accidentally stumble upon your stash 

• Restored to its original condition once you've covered the 

Items you might want to bury: 

• Guns. Especially guns. Especially military-style rifles like 
an SKS (if you're on a budget) or an Ml Garand (if you 
care enough to bury the very best). Perhaps also a reliable 
but relatively inexpensive handgun, like one of Ruger's 
line of "P" and "KP" semi-autos. 

• Ammo. 

• Emergency money. . This might include a mixture of 
Federal Reserve Notes, pre-1964 U.S. silver coins, and 
gold (either in the form of Canadian Maple Leaves or 
South African Krugerands, one ounce or Vi ounce). You 
need a variety of types of money, since you can't 
anticipate the economic situation you might face. If FRNs 

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haven't been inflated into toilet paper, they'll be your 
easiest source of spending cash. However, if your FRNs 
have become obsolete, worthless or illegal, pre- 1964 
silver coins (with real silver, not pot metal like modern 
coins) will always be negotiable. You'll be able to rely on 
the coin's face value, and probably on its greater metal 
value. Gold, of course, has always been considered real 
money and, while not useful for quick spending, can 
always be negotiated somewhere, somehow. 

• Emergency food and water. Enough to last for a few 
days. Items packaged for long-term storage, like military 
meals-ready-to-eat and foil packets of water from an 
emergency store are best. 

• Other small items you anticipate needing in your 
particular circumstances like: compass, map, solar/crank 
operated radio, firestarters, sleeping bag, spare eye- 
glasses, chemicals, etc. 

Unless you have lots of money, time, space and a master 
plan, this stash will necessarily have to be fairly small. So 
choose your items carefully. 

Then bury them in such a way that they are protected 
against moisture, animals, prying eyes, and pressure of the 
soil above them. 

If you can also protect them against discovery via metal 
detectors, sound waves or infrared, so much the better. One 
nice way to get around both metal detectors and aerial 
surveillance is to dig your stash under an old abandoned auto 
or refrigerator. Choose one that's been there forever and 
looks likely to remain that way. Then, unless the searchers 
really, really have reason to suspect your stash is there, they 
won't bother with what looks (and sounds, to their equip- 
ment) like nothing but a derelict hulk. 

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Special instructions for burying guns 

Guns are one of the trickiest things to stash, since 
"sweating" of underground moisture into their container, 
coupled with faint exhalations of moisture from the objects 
themselves, can ruin metal and mechanical parts within 
months. Here's one way to protect them: 

1 . Start with a length of six- or eight-inch diameter plastic 
pipe, available from any wholesale plumbing supply. You 
may have to buy it in 20-foot lengths or some other fixed 
dimension, but you can have that cut into your desired 
shorter lengths. 

2. Purchase caps to seal each end of the tube. There are two 
basic types of end caps — threaded ones, designed to be 
removable, and non-threaded ones, designed to seal the 
end of the pipe permanently. Threaded caps are expen- 
sive! And to use them you'll either need to affix a 
threaded nipple to the end of the tube or buy pipe pre- 
threaded. If you want repeated access to the goodies in 
the tube, you'll appreciate threaded end caps. If you plan 
to crack open your stash only once, get the other kind. 

3. Seal one end of the tube, using a permanent cap, held in 
place by epoxy or another glue/sealant recommended by 
the tube's supplier. 

4. Disassemble your guns and coat all parts thoroughly with 
a thick layer of wheel-bearing grease. Many other water- 
resistant coatings will do, but wheel-bearing grease works 
as well as any, is cheaper than most, and can be wiped off 
with a cloth when you need your weapons — no fancy 
solvents required. 

5. Line the inside of the tube with disposable diapers. These 
absorb moisture and have the additional advantage of 
having a layer that "keeps the moisture away from baby's 
delicate skin" — or the delicate metal of your guns. 

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6. Lay the disassembled and coated gun parts on the diapers. 
You can wrap the parts lightly in plastic or cheesecloth if 
you wish, but make sure there are plenty of breathing 
holes in any plastic or other non-permeable material you 
choose. Otherwise, all you're doing is trapping moisture 
next to the metal, defeating your other anti-corrosion 

7. Add a bag or bags of desiccant material for extra security 
against moisture. Desiccants are substances that absorb 
moisture from their surroundings and trap it inside their 
cells. The silica gel that comes packed in little bags with 
cameras, computers and some dried survival foods is a 
good desiccant. (That's what it's there for.) If you've 
been saving those gel packets, great. If not, your local 
camera or computer shop might have bags and bags of it 
you can beg or buy. For a cheap, easily available 
emergency desiccant, try uncooked white rice. It, too, 
absorbs moisture and traps it, but I don't know enough 
about the long-term properties of rice to recommend it as 
a permanent solution. 

8. Seal the open end of the tube. If you've chosen a 
threaded end cap, first spread a ring of grease around the 
edge of the pipe to help seal the connection between tube 
and cap. Then wrap Teflon tape around the threads on the 
tube before you screw the cap on. Teflon tape, also 
available from your pipe supplier, has two purposes: it 
helps seal against moisture, and it will make it easier to 
open a long-sealed, long-buried cache. Finally, spread 
another thick layer of grease around the outside edge 
where the tube and cap meet, again, to guard against 
moisture getting in. For extra security, you could use 
epoxy, Lok-Tite or some other glue/sealant around the 
outside edge of the cap, to seal the minute gap between 

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cap and tube; just make sure it's something you can peel 
off, chip off or dissolve — easily and quickly! — when 
the time comes. If you've chosen a permanent end cap, 
affix it as you did the first cap — but again making sure 
you can break through the sealant or otherwise crack 
open the tube when you need what's inside. 

9. Now bury it in a safe spot, several feet deep. Bury it 
below the frost line for your area, in order to keep the 
plastic from being squeezed and cracked by ice. That 
means burying it deeper than four feet in a climate like 
Wisconsin's or Maine's and more than three feet in most 
parts of Colorado, Kansas or the mid- Atlantic states. On 
the west coast or in the south, you should still bury it 
several feet deep, for security reasons, even if the 
negligible frost in your climate doesn't demand it. 
Burying it this deep makes it more difficult to access, 
especially in winter when the ground is frozen. But for 
long-term storage, this is the only way to prevent damage 
to the tube and its contents. 

10. Be sure you give yourself a good way of remembering 
where your stash is, but if you write the instructions 
down, make sure they're coded in such a way that only 
you, or a chosen few relatives or associates, can interpret 

Important Note: You can purchase ready-made cache tubes 
from suppliers who occasionally place ads in the back of 
publications like Soldier of Fortune or Guns and Ammo. 
Please keep in mind the possibility that these companies could 
be BATF or FBI front organizations, designed to catch 
people exactly like you. Even if they are legitimate 
companies, you cannot assume their mailing lists will remain 

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98. Maybe you're already a "terrorist" 

Remember, this is not the America we learned about in 
school. Under the Clinton Terror bill, the federal government 
can declare any organization to be "terrorist," for any reason. 
The government is not required to reveal its reasons or 
present any evidence at all to support its claim. There is no 
appeal process. Once the feds have declared any group to be 
"terrorist," its mailing lists and other records are turned over 
to the government. Anyone who ever made a donation or 
purchased goods from the organization is now a federal 
criminal. If you even bought tickets to a concert sponsored by 
an organization the government doesn't like, you can be sent 
to federal prison — or at least harassed and investigated. 

So before you order a caching tube, donate to a cause, pur- 
chase firearm equipment by mail, or do anything else that is 
— or might ever be considered — politically incorrect, 

Contribute or place orders by cash or money order only. 
Use a false name and an address that does not lead directly to 
you (like a general delivery address, or a private mailbox 
rented under someone else's name). 

Don't stop contributing to organizations or buying the 
supplies you need. It's more important than ever to keep 
doing these things! Just understand that, even if your life is 
presently peaceful and seemingly secure, the machinery of 
tyranny and the laws to implement tyranny are already in 
place. It's only a matter of time until the federal government 
chooses to use them to smash all dissent. 

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No man escapes when freedom fails 
The best men rot in filthy jails. 
And those who cried, "Appease! Appease! " 
Are hanged by those they tried to please. 
— Author unknown 

99. Put a warning sign on your property 

You can let gov-o-crats, from the local tax assessor to 
fedgoons, know exactly where you stand, and where they 
stand, before they enter your property. 

Something like this, posted on your door or on a gate to 
your land, might do the trick: 


To all government agents, city, county, state and federal, of 
any and all agencies: 

This property and its inhabitants are under the 
protection of the Bill of Rights. 

Government agents entering herein are obligated to obey all 
provisions of said bill. 

Your particular attention is called to Amendments II and 


II: A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of 

a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms 

shall not be infringed. 

IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, 

houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and 

seizures shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but 

upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and 

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particularly describing the place to be searched, and the 
persons or things to be seized. 

Entry to this property will be allowed only with a properly 

drawn and signed warrant, reviewed by the occupants and/or 

their attorney at time of entry. 

You could leave off the Second Amendment, if you aren't 
a gun owner, don't want to advertise your gun ownership, or 
don't care to appear "threatening." The crux of the message 
is Amendment IV, anyway. 

The line about showing the warrant is mainly a demand for 
courtesy; the smash-and-grab variety of cop will ignore it, but 
it informs more sensible cops and bureaucrats that you will 
treat them decently if they treat you decently. 

A notice such as this will call attention to you, of course. 
But it might also protect you after the fact of an illegal search 
and seizure. Federal law provides penalties for those who 
violate your constitutional rights "under color of law." The 
fact that the entering agents saw your sign is evidence, 
useable in court, that they were aware of the rights they were 

Universally, instinctively, individuals hate and fear the 
state. The staunchest, most paternalistic conservative, 
the most intrusively maternalistic liberal, each 
blanches at a phone call from the government's 
collection agency and palpitates for hours afterward, 
no matter how sincerely he advocates coercive politics 
at other times or tries to comply with the letter and 
spirit of the law. Should either ever acquire the 
integrity to realize what this means, and the courage to 
do something about it, the world will change 
materially for the better. 
— L. Neil Smith, Pallas 

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100. If you can risk it, don't pay income taxes 

Opponents of the federal income tax make various 
arguments against it: 

That filing violates our Fifth Amendment right against 

That the 16th Amendment, that gave us the income tax, 
was never properly ratified by the states; 
That taxation violates our Fourth Amendment rights 
against unreasonable seizure; 

That only corporations and others that receive privileges 
from government are actually required by law to pay; 
That wages, being simply a trade of time for money, are 
not "income" (defined as unearned money, such as stock 

That only certain types of citizens are required to pay; 
That the IRS says taxation is voluntary, and we therefore 
have a right not to "volunteer"; 
• That (because of Fifth Amendment concerns) there is 
actually no law requiring individuals to file a tax return, 
and the IRS relies on fuzzy wording and intimidation to 
disguise the fact that the law was never even written. 

If you've studied the matter, you may have concluded that 
several of these are damn fine arguments. I agree. The Fifth 
Amendment argument is impeccable, as long as you consider 
the income tax a punishment for making money. The 
argument that "wages" are not "income" sounds strange until 
you realize that, at the time the tax was sold to the public as a 
soak-the-rich scheme, wages were not taxed and work-for- 
hire was indeed, rightly, seen as a straight-across trade, 
without taxable gain. The wage tax was introduced to finance 
World War II, and we've obviously been paying for that war 
ever since. 

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The more you read and study these issues, the more you 
find that a stunning number of them have at least some 
validity, popular conceptions to the contrary. 

But whatever you think of the merits of these arguments, 
they all beg the point. As good or feeble as they may be, there 
is really one reason above all to resist the income tax: 

• Because I am not a slave. What I earn belongs, by right, 
to me. I may gladly purchase government services if they 
are offered on the open market. Or I may reject them if I 
find them useless, inadequate or offensive. But no 
institution on this earth has the authority to claim my 
labor, my time and my life as its right. These things 
belong to me, now and forever. 

Then there is the secondary, but still vital, consideration 
that the most effective way to bring down a corrupt, abusive 
government is to cut off the flow of money into its maw. 

We can fight and fight and fight for freedom, but as long as 
we continue to feed the destroyer of freedom, we are fighting 
against ourselves. 

But what to do about it? 

Because this is a decision that can cost you everything — 
your property, your freedom, your dignity, your money, your 
reputation, your job, your family, and even your life — no 
one could presume to say, "You should stop paying right 

It's easy if you're single without kids to support. It's easy 
if you're self-employed and don't have the feds taking their 
bite week-by-week with your employer's help. It's easy if you 
don't have much in the first place and know the IRS probably 
wouldn't bother persecuting you. It's easy if you've reached 
a point in life where you believe you'd truly rather die than 
live as a slave. 

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But no matter how hard it is, you've still got to keep 
coming back to the same points: Am I free or a slave? Can I, 
in conscience, feed this monster at the same time I struggle to 
subdue it? 

If you want to opt out, you could take the Thoreau/Ayn 
Rand approach and simply "go on strike." You could say, 
'Won serviam — I will not serve you any longer." I will live 
my life despite you. My freedom does not depend on your 

You can also continue to file, but voluntarily lower your 
income to deny the feds (or the state) the product of your 
productivity. If you're interested in that approach, several of 
the books listed in Read: self-reliance, No. 48, can help you 
live on less. 

Or you could read, study, and take one of the more legal- 
istic approaches offered by some of the better known tax 
resisters. These often involve filing various forms of paper- 
work declaring yourself not subject to the tax. There have 
recently been a few high-profile criminal tax cases won on 
this basis. There are many persuasive-sounding legal theories 
— and unfortunately there are also a lot of scam artists who 
claim they'll end your tax liability forever and make you 
"bullet-proof against the feds. There are also a lot of sincere- 
but-failed anti-tax arguments. Before you venture into this 
mine field, please check the Dixieland Law Journal by famous 
freedom defender Lowell (Larry) Becraft, Jr. Esq. You'll find 
it on the Net at 

Pay special attention to Becraft' s page of failed patriot 

In it he covers both arguments that have no substance at all 
and arguments that might be theoretically valid but that have 
been repeatedly rejected by the courts. 

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Many people have gotten angry at Becraft for his debunk- 
ing. But as the foremost defender of tax resisters, the man 
has earned his stripes. And he's doing us all a favor by giving 
us this reality check. 

Lowell H. (Larry) Becraft, Jr., Esq. 
Attorney at Law 
209 Lincoln Street 
Huntsville, Alabama 35801 

Anyone who presumes to insist you stop paying the 
income tax is indeed presumptuous — and possibly 
hazardous to your health, as well. But if you want to find out 
more for yourself about various methods available, here are 
some places to investigate: 

Irwin Schiff 

Freedom Books 

444 E. Sahara 

Las Vegas, Nevada 89104 

1-800-829-6666 (book order number) 

Web site: 

A noted tax resister and seminar speaker, Schiff is the 
author of How Anyone Can Stop Paying Taxes and other 
books on taxation and federal "funny money." Be aware that 
most of Schiff s books were written in the late '70s and early 
'80s, and that Schiff himself spent time in prison for prac- 
ticing what he preaches. (I don't think spending time in 
prison discredits Schiff anymore than it discredited Martin 
Luther King; but it does serve as a warning that his methods 
must be regarded with caution.) 

Read War Tax Resistance: A Guide to Withholding Your 
Support from the Military, by Ed Hedemann and Ruth Benn. 
Whether or not you agree with the politics of the authors, 

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you'll find useful advice here about resistance methods and 
IRS collection and appeal procedures. 

Contact any of the sovereign citizen information sources 
listed in Consider sovereign citizenship, No. 63. 

For more information about IRS methods, read A Law 
Unto Itself: The IRS and the Abuse of Power, by David 
Burnham, Vintage Books, New York, 1989. 

If you just want to avoid taxes by avoiding coming to the 
IRS's notice, try Guerrilla Capitalism, by Adam Cash, 
Loompanics Unlimited, 1984. This book and its sequel, How 
To Do Business "Off the Books, " describe how to operate in 
the free market — which, in a controlled world like ours, 
means the underground economy. Be aware that these books 
are more than 10 years old, and that the IRS is constantly 
coming up with new rules and procedures to tighten the 
noose on free marketeers. With that in mind, there's still 
plenty of good advice here. 

For what it's worth, I still think the best advice for resisting 
government can be found in Henry David Thoreau's famous 
essay, On Civil Disobedience. Thoreau went to jail (for a 
single night) for refusing to pay a tax. His essay reflects the 
philosophy, not of someone willing to battle the government 
using its own legalistic tools, but of someone who just says 
(as I interpret it), "The government and its doings are neither 
my concern nor my responsibility. If it knows what's good for 
it, it will stay out of my life." 

When I meet a government which says to me, "Your 
money or your life, " why should I be in haste to give it 
my money? It may be in a great strait, and not know 
what to do; I cannot help that. It must help itself; do as 
I do... I am not responsible for the successful working 
of the machinery of society. 
— Henry David Thoreau 

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/ still believe there is not a man in this country that 
can 't make a living for himself and his family. But he 
can 't make a living for them and his government, too. 
Not the way this government is living. What the 
government has got to do is live as cheap as the 

— Will Rogers 

101. Don't fire until you see the whites of their 

Someday, if we aren't able to turn the march of tyranny 
aside, there will be blood. Not just in Oklahoma City, or 
Waco or on Ruby Ridge, but everywhere. 

Already, in the week I write this, bombs have either gone 
off or been discovered unexploded in three centers of patriot 
activity. In the last several months, bombs have gone off or 
been defused in Spokane, Washington, Reno, Nevada, rural 
Montana and Georgia. Or at least, so the media reports say. 

Much as I understand the frustration of watching rights be 
legislated and regulated away... much as I understand the 
additional frustration of standing by numb and defeated as 
these violations pour forth from a Congress that pledged to 
"get government off our backs" ...much as mayhem and 
bloody revenge make satisfying fantasies, I just can't accept 
that this is the way to go. 

We bring government's might down on the entire country 
when we strike — even when the strike is made with nothing 
but a pipe bomb of a sort any curious boy used to be free to 
make. (I'm not saying a pipe bomb is no big deal; it sure as 
hell is if you're standing next to it when it goes off. But a 
mugging, murder or rape is a big deal, too, to the victim; yet 
these crimes seldom provoke the wrath of the entire federal 

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government. What I'm talking about here is gross over- 
reaction to deeds the feds view as defiance of their authority.) 

Perhaps you could look at that as a positive strategy. The 
more we strike, the more government clamps down; the more 
it clamps down, the more ordinary people are driven to rebel; 
the more ordinary people rebel, the sooner tyranny falls. 

But then, the fall is chaotic and catastrophic. Then we are 
all caught in it. Then, we may end up with an even worse 
tyranny in place of the one that collapsed. 

These bombs and bombings are the work of the mine 
canaries. When the poison gasses build up in the shaft, the 
canaries carried down by the miners die first, giving the 
people a chance to get out. People who are reacting to 
tyranny with violence now are, indeed, reacting realistically. 
Just sooner than need be for the rest of us. 

Or consider another possibility — that these alleged bombs 
and bombings were the work of the feds, trying to provoke or 
discredit us, or trying to get more laws passed that will rob us 
of our historic rights. Since this book first went to press, 
that's been confirmed in several cases. Fed informants built 
bombs or bought bomb parts, but their set-up victims went to 
prison anyway, just for talking about the possibility of 
violence. Or alleged "conspiracies" turned out to be much, 
much less than the media and the government announced. 
But, again, harmless people went to prison just for speaking 
unwisely or owning politically incorrect hardware. We do not 
yet have the strength or organization to win a conflict with 

So when is the time for violence? I hope never. I'd rather 
we bring the "system" down by declaring our own freedom, 
then laughing at government as it flails and gnashes its teeth 
in an impotent effort to regain control. 

On my optimistic days, I even think we could do it. 

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On days like today, when our drivers licenses are becoming 
our national IDs, when we might soon be denied basic 
medical care if we refuse to submit to a federal number, when 
our faces are scanned as we walk down the street, as the 
media remains silent as people's homes are seized without 
due process, and SWAT teams machine-gun innocent people 
to death in their beds, I don't think so. 

What I do think, though, is that if the day comes when we 
must take back our freedom through violence, we will know 
it. It won't just be a few lonely militiamen in the woods who 
will see it. Thousands and hundreds of thousands of us will 
come to the same, inevitable conclusion. 

It was Charles Fort who observed, "It steam-engines when 
it comes steam-engine time." He meant that, though there 
may be a long chain of events leading up to a discovery, an 
invention, or an event, the thing itself will not come to be 
until all conditions are right. Maybe it was one man's 
initiative, Robert Fulton's, to build the first steamboat, but he 
had to have Watt before him to explore steam power, a 
receptive shipping industry ahead of him to keep his invention 
alive, and a receptive intellectual climate all around him to 
foster his thinking. 

In the fight for freedom, we are very near "steam-engine 
time." I think the only reason it hasn't happened already is 
that so many people are dependent on the government 
"massa" for their daily survival. But it will happen, one way 
or another. 

It may be one person's initiative to aim the first effective 
strike. But we'll know when it's time to follow. At that 
moment, we'll "see the whites of their eyes." And at that 
moment, fire. 

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/ do believe that where there is a choice only between 
cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. 
— Gandhi 

Appendix I 

Other sources for books and pamphlets of interest to 
libertarians and patriots are: 

The Independent Institute 

100 Swan Way 

Oakland, California 94621-1428 

voice: (510) 632-1366 

order line: 1-800-927-8733 



Web site: 

International Society for Individual Liberty 

836-B Southampton Rd., #299 

Benicia, California 94510 

voice: (707) 746-8796 

fax: (707) 746-8797 


Web site: 


88220 THINK FREE TO LIVE FREE, A Political Burnout's 
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136 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $16.95 

76041 THE OUTLAW'S BIBLE, by EX. Boozhie. The best "jail- 
house" law book ever published — for people on the outside 
who want to stay there. This is a real life civics lesson for citi- 
zen lawbreakers: how to dance on the fine line between free- 
dom and incarceration, how to tiptoe the tightrope of due 
process. Covers detention, interrogation, searches and sei- 
zures. The only non-violent weapon available for those on the 
wrong side of the law. 1985, 5M> x 8%, 336 pp, index, soft 
cover. $16.95 


Jack Luger. Life can be risky for the average citizen. Be 
aware of con artists, muggers, carjackers and rapists... as well 
as speed traps, lawsuits, and unnecessary taxes! In this 
unique book, the author has provided the methods and re- 
sources that enable the reader to minimize these threats to 
our lives, liberties, and pursuit of happiness. So don't be a vic- 
tim! Learn to be self reliant, and arm yourself with the knowl- 
edge that it takes to develop your street smarts and survive 
this dangerous decade! 1996, 5Y2 x 8%, 138 pp, soft cover. 

2S06S ARMED DEFENSE, Gunfight Survival for the House- 
holder and Businessman, by Burt Rapp. This book will 
show you how to teach yourself to shoot well enough to save 
your life in a variety of ugly situations. You will learn tech- 
niques and tactics that work, not just reflections of some- 
body's theories. This book also covers what you need to know 
about the legal and emotional aspects of surviving a gunfight. 
1989, 5tex8X, 214 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $16.95 

Ronald B. Brown. How many "homemade gun" books have 
you read, only to discover that you need a metal lathe or mill- 
ing machine? This book will teach you to make guns and 
ammunition with simple hand tools and everyday materials. 
Step-by-step photographs, drawing and plans show how to 
make: • A 12-guage shotgun • A muzzle-loader • A double 
barrel • A wooden gun. Five simple gunpowder recipes are 

two simple primer recipes are also included: 1986, 5% x 8te, 
190 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $14.95 

19188 PERSONAL DEFENSE WEAPONS, by J. Randall. The 

author, a private detective and weapons buff, evaluates all 
kinds of weapons: guns, knives, sticks, gas canisters, martial 
arts weapons, and many others — by asking some very inter- 
esting questions: Is it too deadly to use? Is it illegal to carry? 
Can it be comfortably concealed? How much skill does it 
take? Will it gross you out to use it? Is it reliable? Whatever 
your situation, this practical book will help you find protection 
you can live with. 1992, 5% x 8%, 102 pp, illustrated, soft 
co ver. $12.00 

58080 THE PRIVACY POACHERS, How the Government and 
Big Corporations Gather, Use and Sell Information About 
You, by Tony Lesce. This book explains how various snoops 
get their hands on sensitive information about you, such as 
your financial records, medical history, legal records and 
much more. This information is then packaged and sold, over 
and over again, without your consent. Find out what the Pri- 
vacy Poachers have on you, and what you can do to protect 
yourself. 1992, 5h x 8te, 155 pp, illustrated, indexed, soft 
cover. $16.95 

61114 REBORN IN CANADA, Personal Privacy Through a 
New Identity, Third Edition, by Trent Sands. Canada 
offers many opportunities for the new identity seeker. The 
Canadian lifestyle is very similar to that of the United States, 
and Canada would be the easiest foreign country for an 
American to adopt. This is a complete guide to building a new 
identity in Canada from the ground up. Covers birth 
certificates, drivers licenses, social insurance cards, 
passports, credit cards, and more. This new edition covers 
changes in the licensing system, how to prove residency, how 
to set up "employment," and the "two-wallet system," an es- 
sential for anyone traveling back and forth between the US 
and Canada, and more. 1999, 5te x 8te, 120 pp, illustrated, 
soft cover. $15.00 

61156 REBORN IN THE U.S.A., Personal Privacy Through a 
New Identity, Revised and Expanded Third Edition, by 
Trent Sands. Becoming a completely different person — on 
paper — is all about finding the chinks in the system where 
you can climb in and use them to your advantage. In this third 

edition, updated for the new millennium, Trent Sands expertly 
tells you how to create and obtain official documents, while 
avoiding the common pitfalls that land those unprepared in 
jail. Now those seeking new ID can dip into their own com- 
puter arsenals for help. Perhaps, most important, you'll learn 
how to cover your tracks and make fresh new ones, as 
somebody else. 1998, 5%x8%, 166 pp, soft cover. $16.00 

61127 REBORN OVERSEAS, Identity Building in Europe, 
Australia, and New Zealand, by Trent Sands. The walls 
between nations are crumbling, and that opens rare opportu- 
nities for those who need a new identity. The formation of the 
European Common Market has created a paper-tripping 
paradise. With an identity in any one nation, you can live, 
work and travel in all twelve. This book shows you how to get 
all the documents necessary to build a complete paper 
identity without leaving the United States. You'll also learn 
how to fake education, employment and credit references. 
Sold for informational purposes only. 1991, SJt x 8f&, 110 pp, 
illustrated, soft cover. $16.00 

61131 REBORN WITH CREDIT, Revised and Expanded, Sec- 
ond Edition, by Trent Sands. If you have played with credit 
and lost, you don't have to stay out of the game forever. This 
book will show you how to get back in the credit game, who all 
the players are, and the rules no one ever explained to you. 
Trent Sands takes you inside the credit machine to show you 
how credit applications are processed and graded, how credit 
bureaus get their information, how credit decisions are made. 
This book contains important information on how to legally 
force credit bureaus to remove negative information, and why 
you don't need to spend thousands at a credit repair clinic. 
1999, 5%x8te, 132 pp, soft cover. $12.00 

13044 GUERRILLA CAPITALISM, How to Practice Free En- 
terprise in an Unfree Economy, by Adam Cash. What good 
is "believing in" free enterprise if you don't practice it? This 
book gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do busi- 
ness "off the books:" Doing business without a license; Getting 
customers to pay in cash; Keeping two sets of books; Invest- 
ing unreported income; And much more. Highlighted with 
case histories of successful guerrilla capitalists. 1984, 5fi x 
8%, 172 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $14.95 

OMY, by Adam Cash. Every year, billions o\ dollars go unre- 
ported and untaxed in the Underground Economy — and, 
contrary to government propaganda, it's not all drug dealers 
and criminals, but ordinary Americans like yourself that have 
chosen to not report all or part of their income — to evade the 
excessive taxes the government keeps levying. This exciting 
book tells you how to join them! Don't believe the propaganda 
you hear about tax "cuts" — whatever the Federal govern- 
ment cuts in taxes, it will make up in inflation and new taxes. 
Adam Cash tells you how to ease your way into the tax-free 
Underground Economy. Sold for informational purposes only. 
1987, 5%x8M>, 160 pp, soft cover. $14.95 

MENT, How to slack off, achieve your dreams, and get 
paid for it!, by Dennis Fiery. Temporary employment, or 
"temp work," can be a treasure trove of opportunity for the 
dedicated practitioner. Rather than being a series of dead-end 
meaningless short-term jobs, temp work offers numerous 
advantages. This book explains how to effectively exploit and 
undermine the temp system. It contains all the information 
needed to successfully obtain steady, lucrative work as a 
temp, while satisfying the requirements of the employers who 
are seeking competent temp workers and fulfilling your own 
special needs. 1997, 514 x 814, 152 pp, illustrated, soft cover. 

64167 SECOND-HAND SUCCESS: How to Turn Discards into 
Dollars, by Jordan L. Cooper. This is the story of successful 
people who turn discards into dollars. Jordan L. Cooper 
reveals the tricks used by dozens of clever entrepreneurs to 
turn trash into treasures. Learn where to find all kinds of used 
merchandise and where to sell it for top dollar. From recycling 
to foraging in grandma's attic to making art from junk, this is 
the best resource of its kind. Topics covered include: sources 
of supply; tips on merchandising; swap meet survival; used 
clothing; small appliances & household goods; paperback 
books; used cars; seasonal merchandise; antiques & collecti- 
bles; arts & crafts from junque; restoration; handling prob- 
lems; and much more! 1995, 514 x8V>, 196 pp, illustrated, soft 
cover. $14.95 

64145 $HADOW MERCHANTS, Successful Retailing Without 
a Storefront, by Jordan L. Cooper. How to make money in 
low-overhead, street corner-style operations by someone 
who's been there. Covers: swap meets, flea markets; street 
corners; arts & crafts shows; mall kiosks; fairs & carnivals; 
gun shows; special interest events; and much more! Also 
includes valuable advice on pitfalls to avoid. Shadow 
businesses are highly mobile, low-cost, low-risk operations 
that can be started without giving up your regular job. Many of 
the world's most famous businesses started out this way. The 
next success story could be yours. 1993, 5% x 8%, 152 pp, 
illustrated, soft cover. $12.95 

Luger. This is the biggest and best book on concealment of 
physical objects ever printed! This book tells how searchers 
find hidden contraband and how to hide your stuff so it can't 
be found. Topics include: Hiding places in the home and the 
automobile; Tools and techniques used by searchers including 
mirrors, metal detectors, vapor detectors, dogs, and more. 
The different types of searchers you may encounter and the 
intensity of the searches they conduct; The tools you need to 
build your own secret hiding places and where to get them; 
How much work is involved; A lengthy chapter on concealing 
weapons and the best tactics for employing them. 1987, 814 x 
11, 128 pp, more than 100 illustrations, soft cover. $14.95 

Fiery. Did you ever want to hide something from prying eyes, 
yet were afraid to do so in your home? Now you can secrete 
your valuables away from home, by following the eye-opening 
instructions contained in this book, which identifies many of 
the public cubbyholes and niches that can be safely employed 
for this purpose. Absolutely the finest book ever written on the 
techniques involved in hiding your possessions in public hid- 
ing spots, profusely illustrated with several photos. 1996, 5% x 
8%, 220 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $15.00 

10049 HOW TO BURY YOUR GOODS, The Complete Manual 
of Long-Term Underground Storage, by eddie the wire. A 

completely illustrated guide to all the in's and out's of under- 
ground storage. Burial containers; Proper packaging; Pro- 
tecting your site from discovery; Finding your site when you 
need your goods; Burying large machinery and gasoline; and 
Much More! You never know when you will need weapons, 

food and other survival items. 1987, 5A x 8A, 72 pp, illus- 
trated, soft cover. $8.00 

14101 NATURAL LAW or Don't Put a Rubber on Your Willie, 
by Robert Anton Wilson. A continuing episode in the critique 
of natural rights theories stared by L.A. Rollins' The Myth of 
Natural Rights, Wilson lets fly at Murray Rothbard, George 
Smith, Samuel Konkin and other purveyors of the "claim that 
some sort of metaphysical entity called a 'right' resides in a 
human being like a 'ghost' residing in a haunted house." An 
entertaining, informative and well-thought-out book that should 
be read by anyone who has ever been attracted by any ideol- 
ogy. 7987, 5 A x 8 A, 72 pp, soft cover. $7.95. 

1 7054 HOW TO BUY LAND CHEAP, Fifth Edition, by Edward 
Preston. This is the bible of bargain-basement land buying. 
The author bought 8 lots for a total sum of $25. He shows you 
how to buy good land all over the country for not much more. 
This book has been revised, with updated addresses and new 
addresses added. This book will take you through the process 
for finding cheap land, evaluating and bidding on it, and closing 
the deal. Sample form letters are also included to help you get 
started and get results. You can buy land for less than the cost 
of a night out — this book shows how. 7996, 5A x 8A, 136 pp, 
illustrated, soft cover. $14.95 

THAN $15,000, by Robert L. Williams. When Robert L. Wil- 
liams' North Carolina home was destroyed by a tornado, he 
and his family taught themselves how to construct a log home, 
even though they were unfamiliar with chain-saw construction 
techniques. In this practical, money-saving book, he clearly 
explains every step of the process. By following Williams' sim- 
ple procedures, you can save tens, even hundreds of thou- 
sands of dollars, while building the rustic house you've always 
dreamed of owning! Profusely illustrated with diagrams and 
over 100 photographs, this is the best log-home construction 
book ever written. 7996, 8 A x 11, 224 pp, illustrated, soft 
cover. $19.95 

14177 COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY, by Karl Hess with an In- 
troduction by Carol Moore. In the late 1970s, the late Karl 
Hess participated in a five-year social experiment in Wash- 
ington, D.C.'s Adam-Morgan neighborhood. Hess and several 
thousand others labored to make their neighborhood as self- 
sufficient as possible, turning to such innovative techniques as 

raising fish in basements, growing crops on rooftops and in 
vacant lots, installing self-contained bacteriological toilets, and 
planning a methanol plant to convert garbage to fuel. There 
was a newsletter and weekly community meetings, giving 
Hess and others a taste of participatory government that 
changed their lives forever. 1979, 5A x 8A, 120 pp, soft cover. 

17084 I WALKED AWAY, An Expatriate's Guide to Living 
Cheaply in Thailand, by Michael Ziesing. Ready to take a 
permanent vacation... in Thailand? Michael Ziesing was, and 
he chronicles his experience in this informative display of his 
thought process and day-to-day living tips. Zeising discusses 
how he came to his decision to leave the United States, how 
he divested himself of the many material objects that were 
holding him back, and how he chose his destination. This is 
the most explicit, helpful book ever written for fledgling ex- 
patriates. 1996, 5A x 8A, 147 pp, illustrated, soft cover. 

70050 PIRATE RADIO OPERATIONS, by Andrew Yoder and 
Earl T. Gray. Pirate radio is one of the Communication Age's 
most fascinating developments! Now, for those hobbyists who 
yearn to learn the ins and outs of clandestine radio broad- 
casting, there's a wealth of knowledge available in this book. 
For the first time, there's a hands-on manual that fully explains 
the intricacies of this burgeoning pastime. Yoder has devoted 
his energies to pirate radio for years, and now he shares his 
practical expertise with the world. Complete with numerous 
photographs and illustrations that provide workable designs 
and schematics for all pirate radio buffs, this is the finest how- 
to book ever published on this subject. 1997, 5A x 8A, 376 pp, 
illustrated, soft cover. $19.95 

14181 EAT WELL FOR 99< A MEAL, by Bill and Ruth Kaysing. 

Want more energy, more robust, vigorous health? Then you 
must eat food that can impart these well-being characteristics 
and this book will be your faithful guide. As an important bo- 
nus, you will learn how to save lots of money and learn how to 
enjoy three homemade meals for a cost of less than one dollar 
per meal. The book will show you how to shop, stock your pan- 
try, where to pick fresh foods for free, how to cook your 990 
meal, what you can grow yourself, how to pre-serve your per- 
ishables, and several recipes, and much, much more. 1996, 
5A x 8 1 A, 204 pp, illustrated, indexed, soft cover. $14.95 

14183 THE 990 A MEAL COOKBOOK, by Ruth and Bill 
Kaysing. Ruth and Bill Kaysing have compiled these recipes 
with one basic thought in mind: people don't like over-proc- 
essed foods and they can save a lot of money by taking things 
into their own hands. These are practical recipes because they 
advise the cook where to find the necessary ingredients at low 
cost. And every bit as important — the food that you make will 
taste delicious! This is a companion volume to the Eat Well for 
990 A Meal. Even in these days when the price of seemingly 
everything is inflated beyond belief or despair, 990 can go a 
long way toward feeding a person who is willing to save money 
by providing the labor for processing food. 1996, 5A x 8A, 272 
pp, indexed, soft cover. $14.95 

tion, by Erwin S. Strauss. Start your own country? Yes! This 
book tells the story of dozens of new country projects and ex- 
plains the options available to those who want to start a coun- 
try of their own. Covers diplomacy, national defense, sover- 
eignty, raising funds, recruiting settlers, and more, including 
names and addresses of current projects. Over 100 pages of 
fascinating case histories illustrated with dozens of rare pho- 
tos. 1984, 5 1 A x 8A, 174 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $12.95 

14176 SELF-SUFFICIENCY GARDENING, Financial, Physical 
and Emotional Security from Your Own Backyard, by Mar- 
tin P. Waterman. A practical guide of organic gardening tech- 
niques that will enable anyone to grow vegetables, fruits, nuts, 
herbs, medicines and other useful products, thereby increasing 
self-sufficiency and enhancing the quality of life. Includes sec- 
tions of edible landscaping; greenhouses; hydroponics and 
computer gardening (including the Internet); seed saving and 
propagation; preserving and storing crops; and much more, in- 
cluding fact filled appendices. 1995, 8A x 11, 128 pp, illus- 
trated, indexed, soft cover. $13.95 

17056 FREEDOM ROAD, by Harold Hough. Have you dreamed 
about leaving the rat race but don't know where to start? This 
book will show you how to make a plan, eliminate your debts, 
and buy an RV. You'll learn about beautiful places where you 
can live for free. You'll learn how to make all the money you'll 
need from your hobbies. And you'll learn how to live a com- 
fortable, healthy lifestyle on just a few dollars a day. Why wait 
for retirement when you can live a low-cost, high travel lifestyle 
today? 1991, 5A x 8A.174 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $16.95 

STORAGE SYSTEM, by Anita Evangelista. If you're weary of 
spending a large percentage of your income on your family's 
food needs, then you should follow this amazing book's nu- 
merous tips on food-storage techniques. Slash your food bill 
by over fifty percent, and increase your self-sufficiency at the 
same time through alternative ways of obtaining, processing 
and storing foodstuffs. Includes methods of freezing, canning, 
smoking, jerking, salting, pickling, krauting, drying, brandying 
and many other food-preservation procedures. 1995, 5!4 x 8 1 A, 
120 pp, illustrated, indexed, soft cover. $10.00 

First Timer's Guide to Country Living, by Nick and Anita 
Evangelista. Wanna get out of the rat race? Dreaming of 
making a move to the country? Authors Nick and Anita Evan- 
gelista moved from Los Angeles to the Missouri Ozark Moun- 
tains in 1985, with that dream in mind. This book shares their 
experiences with the reader and offers indispensable advice 
on moving back to the land. "Our goal in writing this book 
about the hazards of farm country was not to be disparaging of 
the experience. We had, and have, no intention of scaring the 
potential homesteaders with horrors of blood-lusting chickens 
and renegade sheep. We love living in the country, and we en- 
joy our farm. This is a book about real country experiences, 
failures and successes." 1999, 5A x 8A, 177 pp, illustrated, 
soft cover. $16.95 

14178 THE WILD AND FREE COOKBOOK, with a Special 
Roadkill Section, by Tom Squier. Why pay top dollar for gro- 
cery-store food, when you can dine at no cost by foraging and 
hunting? Wild game, free of the steroids and additives found in 
commercial meat, is better for you, and many weeds and wild 
plants are more nutritious than the domestic fruits and vegeta- 
bles found in the supermarket. Authored by a former Special 
Forces survival school instructor, this cookbook is chockfull of 
easy-to-read recipes that will enable you to turn wild and free 
food (including roadkill!) into gourmet meals. 1996, 7% x 11 J4, 
306 pp, illustrated, indexed, soft cover. $19.95 

Edition, by Brian Kelling. Tired of paying rent? Need privacy 
away from nosy neighbors? This book will show how a modest 
financial investment can enable you to place a travel-trailer or 
other RV on a suitable piece of land and make the necessary 
improvements for a comfortable home in which to live! This 

book covers the cost break-down, tools needed, how to select 
the land and travel-trailer or RV, and how to install a septic 
system, as well as water, power (including solar panels), heat 
and refrigeration systems. 1999, 5 A x 8 A, 112 pp, illustrated, 
indexed, soft cover. $10.00 

Hoffman. This book will show you how to get just about any- 
thing you want or need — food, clothing, furniture, toys, you 
name it, ABSOLUTELY FREE! Take a guided tour of Amer- 
ica's back alleys where amazing wealth is carelessly dis- 
carded. Hoffman will show you where to find the good stuff, 
how to rescue it and how to use it. 1993, 8 1 A x 11, 152 pp, il- 
lustrated, soft cover. $14.95. 

91085 SECRETS OF A SUPER HACKER, by The Knightmare, 
Introduction by Gareth Branwyn. The most amazing book 
on computer hacking ever written! Step-by-step, illustrated de- 
tails on the techniques used by hackers to get at your data in- 
cluding: ♦ Guessing Passwords ♦ Stealing Passwords ♦ 
Password Lists ♦ Social Engineering ♦ Reverse Social En- 
gineering ♦ Crashing Electronic Bulletin Boards ♦ Dummy 
Screens ♦ Fake E-mail ♦ Trojan Horses ♦ Viruses ♦ Worms 
♦ How To Keep From Getting Caught ♦ And Much More! The 
how-to text is highlighted with bare-knuckle tales of the 
Knightmare's hacks. No person concerned with computer se- 
curity should miss this amazing manual of mayhem. 1994, 8A 
x 11, 211 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $19.95 

40083 YOU ARE GOING TO PRISON, by Jim Hogshire. This is 
the most accurate, no-bullshit guide to prison life we have ever 
seen. Topics covered include: Custody (cops, jail, bail, and 
more); Prison (weapons, jobs, hustles, drugs, and the most 
detailed information on rape in any prison book); Jailhouse 
Justice (segregation, grievances, lawsuits, and more); Execu- 
tion (death row, "death-watch," lethal injection, gas chambers, 
hanging, electrocution, and more). If you or a loved one is 
about to be swallowed up by the system, you need this infor- 
mation if you hope to come out whole. 1994, 5 A x 8 A, 185 pp, 
index, soft cover. $14.95 

94146 LOOMPANICS' GREATEST HITS, Articles and Features 
from the Best Book Catalog in the World, Edited by Mi- 
chael Hoy. A collection of articles and essays, cartoons and 
rants, gleaned from the pages of the Loompanics Unlimited 
book catalog. For over a decade, the Loompanics Catalog has 

served as a kiosk for writers from the far left, the far right and 
the far out — including Robert Anton Wilson, Bob Black, Kurt 
Saxon, Robert Shea and many, many others. A compendium 
of counterculture thought, this provocative book contains more 
than 75 features in all. 1990, 8V 2 x 11, 308 pp, illustrated, soft 
cover. $14.95 

94207 LOOMPANICS' GOLDEN RECORDS, Articles and Fea- 
tures from The Best Book Catalog in the World, Edited by 
Michael Hoy. This brand new collection contains more than 40 
of the best and most imaginative pieces Loompanics has ever 
published, including work by Bob Black, Jim Hogshire, Michael 
Newton, James B. DeKorne, and many others. Loompanics' 
Golden Records also features artwork by some of America's 
most talented artists, such as Mark Zingarelli, Nick Bougas, 
and Ace Backwords. 1993, 8A x 11, 200 pp, illustrated, soft 
cover. $10.95 

by Michael Hoy. Every three years or so, Loompanics Unlim- 
ited lights up the desert landscape of American letters by com- 
piling a collection of articles and stories, culled from the cata- 
logs and supplements that we've published during that time. 
Since we've specialized in providing controversial and unusual 
works for over twenty years, it should come as no surprise to 
anyone that many of the selections in this book are both 
shocking and exhilarating. 1996, 8 1 A x 11, 255 pp, illustrated, 
soft cover. $14.95 

94283 HARD CORE, Marginalized by Choice, by Peter Neber- 
gall. Hard Core: Marginalized by Choice is a photo-journalistic 
odyssey into the Punk world that permeates our current inter- 
cultural milieu. P.J. Nebergall has placed the modern Punk 
phenomenon in its proper historical perspective by conducting 
hundreds of interviews and photo shoots with rebellious and 
disenchanted youngsters in both Great Britain and the United 
States. His text and photographs provide a penetrating 
glimpse into the philosophical musings and neotribal disfig- 
uration fashion trends of today's disenfranchised youth. The 
author points out there is no reason to fear the unstructured 
nihilism from the Punks we encounter. 1997, 5 1 A x 8 1 A, 112 pp, 
several photographs, soft cover. $8.95 

THE DOPE FIEND, by Th. Metzger. In the collective 
American psyche, fearsomely addictive heroin and the 
deranged dope fiends who inject it have come to be 
associated with defilement, sin, disease, and a plethora of 
moral and physical transgressions. But this was not always the 
case, and this fascinating book traces heroin's history, from its 
discovery, through its world-wide usage and acceptance and to 
its eventual demonization. The scapegoating of heroin's users 
and their modern-day portrayal as craven, filthy, desperate 
drug addicts is also chronicled. Today, heroin and its devotees 
have become synonymous with devolution and degeneracy. 
How this came to be is an engrossing tale, and this book 
provides a unique societal insight unlike anything you've ever 
read before. 1998, 5A x 8A, 240 pp, soft cover. $15.00 

with a Foreword by Terence McKenna. The War on Drugs is 
really a war on freedom of thought. Our fundamental right to 
the pursuit of happiness includes the innate right to explore 
inner space without government interference. Author Steve 
Kubby explains how the authorities have short-circuited 
democracy through illegal, unconsti-tutional sanctions on the 
use of psychoactive plants and substances... and voices a 
fiercely patriotic rallying cry for a campaign of liberation that will 
enable us to recapture our freedom to think as we choose. 
This is a compelling, brutally honest book that is unlike 
anything ever published before. 1995, 8A x 11, 160 pp, 
illustrated, soft cover. $18.95 

85182 PSYCHEDELIC SHAMANISM, The Cultivation, 

Preparation and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants, by 

Jim DeKorne. From the author of The Hydroponic Hot House 
comes the boldest exploration of psychedelic plants since 
Terence McKenna's Food of the Gods. DeKorne is a 
"psychonaut" exploring the "imaginal realms" through personal 
experimentation and scholarly research. He guides the reader 
through the history and lore of psychotropic plants, with advice 
on how to handle the eerie "entities" one encounters in 
"hyperspace." Plants and combinations covered include: 
Belladonna Alkaloids; D-Lysergic Acid Amide; Mescaline; 
Ayahuasca; Smokable DMT from Plants; Psilocybin; and 
more. 1994, 8A x 11, 163 pp, illustrated, index, soft cover. 

85203 STONED FREE, How to Get High Without Drugs, by 
Patrick Wells with Douglas Rushkoff. Now you can just say 
"NO!" to drugs... and get high anyway! This book enumerates 
many drugless consciousness-altering techniques, both time- 
less and recent in origin, that anyone can make use of. Medi- 
tation, breathing techniques, high-tech highs, sleep and dream 
manipulation, and numerous other methods are examined in 
detail. Avoid incarceration, save money, and skip the wear and 
tear on your body, while getting higher than a kite .1995, 5A x 
8A, 157 pp, illustrated, soft cover. $14.95 

How to Find the Woman of Your Dreams Using the 
"Personals" Section of Newspapers, Magazines and the 
Internet, by Sebastian Phillips. Men! Are you desperately 
seeking a woman... or would you like to? Then this book is a 
must! It explains how to properly structure "Personals" ads that 
will attract not one, but many women. Learn where, when and 
why to place your ads, buzzwords that get results, the do's and 
don'ts of composition, how to screen your responses, and how 
to stack the odds in your favor so that the war between the 
sexes comes to a screeching halt and love and courtship 
prevail! Contains never-before-published informa-tion on 
Internet ads, as well as informed details on magazines and 
newspaper advertising. This is the best book ever written on 
this subject. 1996, 5A x 8A, 184 pp, illustrated, soft cover. 

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in Australia right now), this common-sense guide never loses its sense 
of humor and perspective. 

It's blissfully free of the delusion that the system can still be reformed, 
but also of those tedious ramblings about U.N. conspiracies and biblical 
prophesy that clog so much of what passes for "survivalist" literature 
these days. 

If you're just starting to realize the "police" gang is unlikely to protect 
you in times of real disorder — that you'd better break down and buy 
some firearms to protect your home and loved ones — where do you 

"101 things" has the specific, well-thought-out answers. 

Handguns? Sexists may have to re-examine their prejudices as this 
"middle-aged lady" warns her readers to go no smaller than .40 Smith & 
Wesson or .357 magnum: "Don't go out and get a .25 or a .32 because 
you're inexperienced, have small hands or are afraid of big guns. 
Instead, get some experience, overcome your fears, or find a large 
caliber gun with a grip that fits smaller hands. A gun that is too 
underpowered may not have the stopping power to save your life in an 

"I'd been active in the Libertarian movement for ages," Ms. Wolfe 
explained by telephone, as I took her away from a warm supper at home 
in the boondocks of the Pacific Northwest. "Before the 1994 election I 
was really excited, I worked on the campaign of a Republican, Linda 
Smith, who ran for Congress in the 3rd District in Washington State. 

"I worked for her, she won, and within six months she voted for 
House Bill 666, which would have gutted the Fourth Amendment. 

"So over the course of '95 I just became angrier and more furious. ...I 
was just to the bursting point with hate and frustration, I thought I was 
going to go postal. But one day the name of this book just hit me, the 
name and the first line, and I started laughing. So I sat down, wrote 
about a third of the book in a week, sent the proposal off to Loompanics, 
and they bought it. 

"Of course I thought I was being very radical, but then after it came 
back from the publisher I said to myself, half the message of this book is 
Take responsibility for yourself; be responsible.' And that's a very old- 
fashioned message." 

"101 Things to Do Til the Revolution," Loompanics Unlimited, P.O. 
Box 1197, Port Townsend, Wash. 98368, $20.90 postpaid, volume 
discounts available. 

Vin Suprynowicz is the assistant editorial page editor of the Las 
Vegas Review-Journal. Readers may contact him via e-mail at, or 

We don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind 
blows — but we do need the likes of Claire Wolfe and her book 
of pertinent tips for a culture in turmoil. As the author states in 
her Dedication: 

"This book is based upon the premise that, when government 
turns bad, the best people ultimately become criminals. The 
people don't change; the laws do. Initiative, dissent, individual 
pleasures, and exercise of one's basic rights become 'crimes.' 
Obscure regulations and technical paperwork violations are used 
to destroy people who dare to speak their minds. 

"The ideal citizen of a tyrannical state is the man or woman 
who bows in silent obedience in exchange for the status of a well- 
cared-for herd animal. Thinking people become the tyrant's great- 
est enemies. 

"Before their thunder roars, there is a period of anticipation, in 
which more occurs than the literal-minded tyrant can ever under- 
stand. A few overt acts of sedition shatter the heavy peace. But 
the greater force, unrecognized, rolls forward in near silence, as 
millions of individuals quietly withdraw their consent from the 
state. The pundits call it apathy. They could not be more wrong. 

"That time is now. And we are those people. 

"This book is dedicated to you, the Enemy of the State." 

With that in mind, Wolfe offers 101 suggestions to help grease 
the wheels as we roll towards the government's inevitable col- 
lapse. "Kill your TV... Join a gun-rights group... Fly the Gadsden 
flag... Buy and carry the Citizens' Rule Book... Join the tax pro- 
testers on April 15... Bury gold, guns, and goodies..." Wolfe's list 
is lengthy and thought-provoking, as she elaborates on each piece 
of advice, from generalities to precise instructions. 

For the concerned citizen who wishes to keep a low profile, 
protect his or her rights, and 

survive in the "interesting 
times" which are sure to 
come, this book is essential 


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